Manchester United have been handed a mouthwatering draw for this season’s Champions League as they are set for a reunion with Villarreal after the two sides met in the last campaign’s Europa League final.
The encounter in Gdansk three months ago will still haunt some Manchester United supporters but they have now been given the chance to amend the drab loss on penalties. All five meetings between Manchester United and Villarreal in the past have ended in draws, with the final last season being the only fixture with goals.
Manchester United will also be making the trip to Italy this season, having been joined by Serie A side Atalanta in Group F. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were eliminated in the round of 16 last season after making the quarter-finals in their first Champions League outing in 2020.
Group F was completed by BSC Young Boys, who will join Manchester United in the group stages of the tournament for the second time in just four seasons.
It’s a rather favourable draw for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, having been handed far more difficult circumstances in the draw last year. Matches will start the week commencing September 13, with games set to be played on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Full group: Villarreal, Manchester United, Atalanta, BSC Young Boys