Sunday 25 September 2016

Champions League Preview: Manchester United's Group B rivals

Published 15/09/2015 | 06:00

Wayne Rooney failed to find the net during United's 3-1 win over Club Brugge
Wayne Rooney failed to find the net during United's 3-1 win over Club Brugge

After a year away from Europe's premier competition, Manchester United are back and will have PSV, CSKA and Wolfsburg for company in the group stages.

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PSV Eindhoven

Coach: Phillip Cocu

Star turn: Luuk de Jong

One of the weakest teams in Pot 1 of the group stage draw following a revamp in their seedings procedure, the Dutch champions have been hit by the exit of some key players this summer, with Manchester United signing Memphis Depay and Newcastle buying their key midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.

CSKA Moscow

Coach: Leonid Slutkey

Star turn: Alan Dzagoev

This experienced team of Champions League performers will be a tricky nut to crack on home soil. CSKA coach Slutkey is currently doubling as Russia national team boss in their Euro 2016 qualifying push.

Wolfsburg

Coach: Dieter Hecking

Star turn: Julian Draxler

The loss of Kevin De Bruyne in the final days of the transfer window was a hammer blow to Wolfsburg, but the signing of Julian Draxler from Schalke softened the blow and they were among the most dangerous of the sides lurking among the pot of fourth seeds. 

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