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The UEFA Champions League draw (UCL) took place just a few days ago. Having seen some of the fixtures that will take place in the group stages alone, I think we can all anticipate a very tight contest this year. It looks very exciting and there are more than a few mouthwatering clashes on the cards.
United were drawn into group A and face some fairly tricky opponents. The Reds share a group with SL Benfica, FC Basel and CSKA Moscow. To be brutally honest, United could consider themselves quite fortunate; having avoided the big boys once again. Yes, there will be some tricky games for United but when you look at who teams like Chelsea and Tottenham have in their groups', it's really not that bad.
United can't afford to be complacent, though, and shouldn't underestimate their group-stage opponents. Back in the 2011/12 season, United finished 3rd in their group; finishing behind SL Benfica and FC Basel! They can't let that happen again. Needless to say, United had underestimated their opponents back then. To avoid that this time around, United must be well prepared and wary of their opponents' threats.
Moreover, José will certainly want to make his mark in the UCL once again, having being knocked out in the semi-finals three times in a row with Madrid and in the round-of-16 with Chelsea in his last four encounters. United should be able to get past the group-stages without much hassle, given the quality and depth of their star-studded squad. United should be able to at least reach the quarters or semi-finals if everything goes well. However, with the likes of Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, FC Bayern München, PSG, Atlético Madrid etc. out there as well, it won't be an easy task for the lads.
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