Champions league Draw, Test of strength

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The champions league group stage matches have officially been set and Manchester United have an very interesting group of matches to be played in this years Competition! 
Man Utd have drawn a very competitive group of teams in this years competition,  'The Old Lady' Italian giants, Juventus, Spanish side Valencia and BSC Young Boys. While many fans worry about the future of the remaining season, it doesn't look any easier from the looks of it, but don't worry, Manchester United had a 73% chance of advancing from the group but that was before they did the draw.. and it has now decreased to 65%, still not bad right? 
I and I'm sure many other Man Utd fans are remotely excited about the group stage of this competition and here's why! 

TEST OF STRENGTH
This year Man Utd will be able to show whether or not if they truly belong in the champions league, it also shows how good not only their manager can be, but also their players, it will be a true test for Pogba himself and Lukaku to show just what they're really capable of. Pogba is heading back to the Allianz arena to face former club Juventus while Ronaldo is coming back home to Old Trafford to race former club Manchester United. It will be very interesting times. 

After a long 15 years, Facing a team like Juventus could also define a players career, especially in the Champions League. This gives a chance to Lukaku, Rashford, Alexis & Martial to prove to Jose & other's around the world what they're capable of and that they belong not just at Manchester United but in the most competitive league (Champions League) in the world. It will or should bring the best out of these footballers and possibly make a mark on why other footballers should consider playing for Manchester United also! But not just our forwards, but our defensive line as well, our back four hasn't been the greatest this season especially after not signing any of our CB targets this summer, (i'm sure Jose is frustrated more than ever with Woodward) according to some media of course. 

But back to the point, it will allow Luke Shaw, who has had a great start to the season thus far, to test himself to the max. He netted his first ever senior goal against Leicester City and coming off a very impressive performance against Tottenham despite the defeat, it will allow him to perform against teams he's never played before and gives him a new challenge along with the rest of the back line regardless of who Jose chooses to start. Also, it gives other teams the chance to look at targeting him just in case it doesn't work out under the Manchester United manager.    

But don't let Juventus overshadow the other two teams in this group, Valencia & BSC Young Boys! 

Valencia is also a team that can bring the best out of Manchester United players, after finishing 4th last season in La Liga, the Spanish side has increased its squad depth with signings of Michy Batshuayi, Kevin Gameiro, Russia Striker Cheryshev and Kondogbia! 

While the least favorites to make it out of the group, Young Boys have won their league title for the first time since 1986, they are coming off some momentum and could give Manchester United a hard time if they Man Utd continue to perform the way they are in the PL. After all, we did lose 3-2 to Brighton a few weeks ago..  

It will be a very competitive but exciting group of games, I believe Manchester United will make it past the group stage or maybe even finish top of the group, but again, it is all up to Jose and the players to show if they can perform on the biggest competition in the world. Keep your faith in the boss, the players and most importantly, the overall team. We wouldn't want it any other way than facing the best of the best!

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