Charlie Nicholas reacts to Man United’s Champions League draw

Charlie Nicholas is tipping Man United to make it through to the last 16 of the Champions League

Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Charlie Nicholas is expecting to see Manchester United progress through to the last 16 of the Champions League after the group stage draw was made on Thursday.

The Red Devils have been pitted against Juventus, Young Boys and Valencia in the group stage of Europe’s elite club competition as they look to try and progress through to last 16.

Jose Mourinho has already found himself under pressure at Old Trafford after his side’s stuttering start to the Premier League season.

Manchester United have lost their last two games in the Premier League to leave them six points off the pace in the race for the title after just three games of the new campaign.

Arsenal legend Nicholas is tipping the Red Devils to make it through but admits that Mourinho’s men have been handed a tough draw.

Speaking in an interview with Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “The danger Man United have had in the past – with the likes of Basel – they have stumbled over a few scalps so there is some caution there.

“Valencia are on the up in Spain and it is a tremendously hostile place to go, maybe Gary Neville and his brother Phil will give them the inside track on that. Then Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo going back to his old club.

“The way Manchester United are at the moment, I am not sure – it is a 50/50 split with them and Valencia.

“The Champions League is different, Jose Mourinho can play defensively when he goes away from home and suffocate teams and steal a win.

“I expect him to steer the ship and gradually pick up in the Premier League, then to have a bit more focus and positivity going into this group.

“Man United should get through with Juventus, but as it stands right now we don’t know how long Jose is going to be there if these results don’t pick up.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United will aim to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Devils finished in second place in the Premier League table and without a trophy last season.

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