Champions League group stage draw: Man United dodge bullet, while Chelsea boss set for homecoming

Manchester United would have breathed the biggest sigh of relief after they were given possibly the easiest group of any of the English sides that were included in the draw for the first stage of the Champions League.

Having been put in pot two, Louis van Gaal’s side were in danger of facing one of the title winners from some of Europe’s biggest leagues. However, they would have been delighted that the top seed they were given was Memphis Depay’s former side PSV Eindhoven.

They do face a tricky trip to CSKA Moscow, and have been given a very difficult challenge in Wolfsburg.

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will have the opportunity to return to Porto, with whom the Special One won the trophy back in 2004. The Blues have a couple of long trips ahead of them, with Dynamo Kyiv and Maccabi Tel-Aviv joining them in Group G.

Perennial fallers at the second-round phase Arsenal have been handed possibly the toughest top seed of the three second-pot sides, as they were given a place in a group alongside Bayern Munich. However, they will fancy their chances against both Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb.

And Premier League leaders Manchester City have been handed a pretty tough draw, with Juventus, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach joining them in Group D.

Here are the groups in full:

Group A

Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid
Shakhtar Donetsk
Malmo

Group B

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PSV Eindhoven
Manchester United
CSKA Moscow
Wolfsburg

Group C

Benfica
Atletico Madrid
Galatasaray
Astana

Group D

Sergio-Aguero

Juventus
Manchester City
Sevilla
Borussia Monchengladbach

Group E

Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen
Roma
BATE Borisov

Group F

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Bayern Munich
Arsenal
Olympiacos
Dinamo Zagreb

Group G

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Chelsea
Porto
Dynamo Kyiv
Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group H

Zenit
Valencia
Lyon
Gent

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