Andy Gray column: Man United got a soft Champions League draw
Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray takes a look at a kind Champions League draw for Manchester United
Manchester United got one of the cushiest Champions League group-stage draws I have ever seen – if they don’t win their first four games and put the table to bed then it will be an absolute catastrophe for them.
I would be very surprised if they didn’t seal qualification to the knockout stages as soon as possible, and Sir Alex Ferguson would be very disappointed.
When Braga are the second strongest team you have got in your group then you have to be happy with the draw.
Yes, they were in a similar situation last year but you can bet that Sir Alex won’t be letting United make the same mistakes again.
They have also got CFR Cluj and Galatasaray, and I can’t see either of those giving them a problem – it could not have been more favourable for United.
From one side of the spectrum to the other, it could not have been worse for Manchester City after being drawn with Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.
I feel for them – they had a really tough draw last year and because of their lack of European experience they were in Pot Two which put them in a difficult situation.
When you get the Bundesliga champions who have won back-to-back titles in Pot Four, then there is something wrong with the way Uefa go about this draw. It’s an absolute joke and something has to be done about this ‘coefficient’ system they use because it is absolute nonsense.
To have the Spanish champions, the Dutch champions, the German champions and the English champions in one group tells you everything you need to know. But I still think City will get through this ‘group of death’, I really do. They are good enough, no doubt about that.
Chelsea and Arsenal have done fairly well with their draws – there are potential pitfalls for both teams if they are not on top of their game but if they play well they will come through.
I can see a situation in the last 16 where we have four English clubs – but I’m not so sure Celtic will enjoy that luxury.
It’s a tough one for them – it’s great that they’ve got Barcelona because it’s fantastic for the fans at Parkhead but everyone knows Barça will win that group.
Then it’s a three-team battle to see who takes second place, and while Celtic’s home record will help them I’m not sure they will get enough points away.