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Champions League draw : Cristiano Ronaldo head back to Old trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo will head back to Old Trafford after Manchester United were drawn in Champions League Group H with Italian champions Juventus.

Aside from Ronaldo and Juventus providing a difficult challenge, United should face easier rides against Valencia and Young Boys, who return to the group stages this year.

However Ronaldo’s reunion can’t be dismissed as the 33-year-old tries to win the Champions League for a fourth year in a row.

GROUP A
Atletico Madrid (Spain)

Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

Monaco (France)

Club Brugge (Belgium)

GROUP B
Barcelona (Spain)

TOTTENHAM (England)

PSV Eindhoven (Holland)

Inter Milan (Italy)

GROUP C
Paris Saint-Germain (France)

Napoli (Italy)

LIVERPOOL (England)

Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)

GROUP D
Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia)

Porto (Portugal)

Schalke (Germany)

Galatasaray (Turkey)

GROUP E

Bayern Munich (Germany)

Benfica (Portugal)

Ajax (Holland)

AEK Athens (Greece)

GROUP F

MANCHESTER CITY (England)

Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)

Lyon (France)

Hoffenheim (Germany)

GROUP G

Real Madrid (Spain)

Roma (Italy)

CSKA Moscow (Russia)

Viktoria Plzen (Czech Republic)

GROUP H

Juventus (Italy)

MANCHESTER UNITED (England)

Valencia (Spain)

Young Boys (Switzerland) .

The pressure is only increasing on manager Jose Mourinho as United, after a poor start to the Premier League season, face Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford.

The ties against Juventus are going to be marquee occasions, especially because of the match-up between Mourinho and Ronaldo, who joined the Italian club from Real Madrid for £100million in the summer.

They may share the same super agent in Jorge Mendes but the pair had a fraught relationship when Mourinho managed Real.

Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel said: ‘Juventus is probably the hardest team to play against in Europe right now because of the signing of Ronaldo. Everyone sees them as rebuilding the whole Italian football scene again.’

Three of the four English teams have received difficult draws. Last season’s finalists Liverpool also have a tough group to negotiate against Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Red Star Belgrade.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: ‘PSG are one of the most exciting teams in the world and I think their target is to win the Champions League, so that will be two interesting matches.

‘We beat Napoli in pre-season but it goes without saying these two games will be completely different challenges.

‘Red Star, I watched them come through in qualifying, and it will be again a very very intense atmosphere. Last season is last season and now we have to do it again.’

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