United to Play Club Brugge in Champions League Play-Off

Manchester United are paired with Belgian club Club Brugge in the Uefa Champions League play-off round, as CSKA Moscow and Sporting Lisbon battle for a place in the group stage of the 2015-16 tournament.

United missed out of the continental championship last season after a disappointing spell under former manager David Moyes. The coach Louis van Gaal revamped Red Devils will be looking to see off the 13-time Belgian champions in the tie scheduled to be played on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 26 August.

It is the first time the 20-time English champions are playing in the preliminary rounds of the flagship co competition since 2005, when they mauled Hungarian side Debrecen 6-0 on aggregate scores.

Manchester United are Back in the UEFA Champions League Play-Offs for the First Time Since 2005.
Manchester United are Back in the UEFA Champions League Play-Offs for the First Time Since 2005.

Brugge sealed a 4-2 (aggregate) come-back win over Greek club Panathinaikos in the third qualifying round to book a slot in the play-offs. It will be the first competitive match between the Premier League club and the Belgians, who were European Cup runners-up in 1978, losing to Liverpool in the final.

Scottish side Celtic face a tricky tie against Swedish giants Malmo, as Lazio hosts Bayer Leverkusen.

Valencia are at home to Monaco and Rapid Viena hosts Shakhtar Donets.

Full Draw

Astana v APOEL

Skënderbeu v Dinamo Zagreb

Celtic v Malmö

Basel v Maccabi Tel-Aviv

BATE v Partizan

Lazio v Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United v Club Brugge

Sporting CP v CSKA Moskva

Rapid v Shakhtar

Valencia v Monaco

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