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Who will Man Utd face in play-off?

first_img Domestic finish: Second in Belgian league Best performance in Champions League: Runner-up 1977/78 Route to play-off: Beat Panathinaikos 4-2 on aggregate in third qualifying round Manager: Michel Preud’homme Danger man: Obbi Oulare – 19-year-old striker reportedly scouted by United last season. Scored final goal in this week’s 3-0 win over Pana. Verdict: Probably the most favourable draw for United even though the aggregate win over Panathinaikos should not be sniffed at. Team: CSKA Moscow (Russia) Domestic finish: Runners-up in Russian league Here, Press Association Sport looks at the five opponents United could face. Team: Club Brugge (Belgium) Manchester United will learn who they will take on in the Champions League play-off round on Friday. Best performance in Champions League: Quarter-finals 2009/10) Route to play-off: Beat Sparta Prague 5-4 on aggregate in third qualifying round Manager: Leonid Slutsky Danger man: Alan Dzagoev – a dangerous midfielder who has put the horrors of a massacre in his hometown of Beslan behind him to go on and become a star in Russia. Verdict: Not the most dangerous of opponents, but United will be looking to avoid a long flight to Russia. Team: Lazio (Italy) Domestic finish: Third in Italian league Best performance in Champions League: Quarter-finals 99/00 Route to play-off: Direct entry Manager: Stefano Pioli Danger man: Ravel Morrison – the former Manchester United youth product scored four goals in his first two games for Lazio in pre-season, but he is a doubt with an ankle problem. Verdict: Another one United will be looking to avoid. Lazio may not be the force they once were, but the club – and their passionate fans – will be desperate to make the group stages after an eight-year absence from the competition. Team: Monaco (France) Domestic finish: Third in French league Best performance in Champions League: Runners-up 2003/04 Route to play-off: Beat Young Boys 7-1 on aggregate in third qualifying round Manager: Leonardo Jardim Danger man: Stephan El Shaarawy – Swapped AC Milan for Monaco this summer. Scored a stunning solo effort on his home debut in the 4-0 win over Young Boys. Verdict: Probably the most dangerous opponents in the draw. Monaco knocked Arsenal out last year en route to the quarter-finals and have an array of talent among their ranks. Team: Rapid Vienna (Austria) Domestic finish: Second in Austrian league Best performance in Champions League: Semi-finalists 1960/61 Route to play-off: Beat Ajax 5-4 on aggregate in third qualifying round Manager: Zoran Barisic Danger man: Louis Schaub – 20-year-old attacking midfielder who scored twice in the shock 3-2 win over Ajax. Verdict: Definitely the team United will be hoping to draw. Squad lacks experience and depth. Press Associationlast_img

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