Story So Far
This is of course life after Sir Alex Ferguson. Manchester United will be beginning a UEFA Champions League campaign without the Scot for the first time in their history. The pressure is consequently on Ferguson's successor, David Moyes, to deliver in Europe, which is the benchmark by which all great clubs are judged. A disappointing summer transfer window has also put Moyes under scrutiny, although the signing of Marouane Fellaini was a boost.
Can They Be Confident?
United look like the favourites for the group after being drawn with Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad in Group A. United also have fine European pedigree after reaching three finals, winning one, since 2008 upon which they can rely. But as they aim to improve on last season's last 16 exit at the hands of Real Madrid, there is an element of uncertainty regarding how they will perform in the Champions League under group-stage debutant Moyes.
Man United 2 Bayern 1 - May, 1999 - That night in Barcelona. Late, late goals from substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer famously snatched a dramatic final win over Bayern Munich.
Man United 1 Chelsea 1 (United in on pens) - May, 2008 - Following a draw after extra-time, Edwin van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's penalty in the rain in Moscow to earn another European Cup.
Juventus 2 Man United 3 - April, 1999 - Having fallen two goals behind on the night in this semi-final second leg in Italy, goals from Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole secured a memorable turnaround.
Did you know?
Have won the most Champions League away games
How They Qualified:
Premier League champions