Manchester United could draw Lazio, Monaco, CSKA Moscow, Club Brugge or Rapid Vienna in the play-offs on Friday as they bid to return to European’s biggest competition, the UEFA Champions League after missing out last season.

United’s failed campaign under former manager David Moyes saw the British greatest club of all time finish the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season in seventh position, thereby missing out in Europe.

However, United assistant manager Ryan Giggs, who reached the Champions League finals four times lifting it twice under former boss Sir Alex Ferguson in 1999 and 2008, has revealed last season’s absence ‘was not nice’ after working alongside Louis van Gaal to get them back in the competition.

Giggs admitted that watching the games from home was frustrating and the 41-year-old former United winger can’t wait to grace the competition this season, even though they still have the play-off hurdle to cross.

“It wasn’t nice last year watching your rivals play in the Champions League,” Giggs said.

“We want to be in the Champions League. Manchester United are used to that and it was a massive void last year not being in it, so this year it’s good to be back in the mix.”

The UCL draw is scheduled for 11 am NGT Friday in Nyon.


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