Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way back to Manchester United after a Champions League draw of mixed fortunes for English clubs.
United must overcome tough Italian and Spanish opponents having been matched with Ronaldo’s new club Juventus and the reviving Valencia. Swiss side Young Boys complete the group, but it is Ronaldo’s return to United that will catch the imagination.
Portugal’s superstar has dominated the competition in recent history. He is seeking a fourth consecutive European Cup. Ronaldo won the Champions League with United in 2008, where he spent six years before his move to the Bernabeu in 2009, and is sure of an emotional welcome back to Old Trafford.
Jose Mourinho must also overcome a strong La Liga side, Valencia making their Champions League return under coach Marcelino.
Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are facing demanding fixtures to progress into the knockout stage.