Manchester United on Champions League group: It's not a bad draw

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United drawn with Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad in Group A

Manchester United were drawn in a tricky Group A alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad.

David Moyes will be pleased that there won’t be as much travelling as there could’ve been for United in his first Champions League campaign with the club, with a visit to Donetsk the longest journey.

Club secretary John Alexander told Sky Sports News that: 'It’s not a bad draw for your first group stage with Manchester United.'

Shakhtar Donetsk were drawn with Chelsea last season,  managed to finish above them in their group and even though they have lost a lot of players, the Ukrainian side have proved to be stern opposition at home.

Alexander said: 'They have a terrific home record which we’ll do our best to overcome but all in all it’s a very exciting group to be in.'

Bayer Leverkusen are under the management of former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia who has returned the side to Champions League status, and Real Sociedad managed to beat Lyon in their qualifying play-off.

'It’s very interesting with the German and Spanish sides in there, I’m guessing they’ll be very tough opposition.

'All Spanish sides and German sides are going to be tough in this competition. I think they’ve proven with their record over the years in the Champions League that they are going to be tough and to beat Lyon was a fantastic result so we’ll really have to be on our mettle against them.'

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