Manchester United draw Benfica, Basel and Otelul Galati in Champions League Group C

The 2011 finalists will be optimistic of advancing after Thursday's draw in Monaco, but have still been pitted against the league winners from Portugal, Switzerland and Romania
Manchester United have drawn Benfica, Basel and Romanian minnows Otelul Galati in the Champions League draw in Monaco.

Here is the lowdown on each of the teams competing in Group C:

MANCHESTER
UNITED
SEASON 2010-11
League:
Champions
Europe: Champions League runners-up
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson

Appointed: 1986

Stadium:
Old Trafford

Capacity:
75,957

Best Champions League performance:
Winners three times (1968, 1999, 2008)
THE DANGER MAN
Wayne Rooney

Nowhere near his best last season, but still provided some telling contributions in Europe, including a goal in the eventual defeat to Barcelona at Wembley in the final. He has a new hairline since then, and always seems to rise to the occasion for United.

Greg Stobart, Goal.com UK Northern Correspondent

“Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton was in Monaco conducting part of the draw and some of the memories of the 1968 triumph would have come flooding back after Sir Alex Ferguson's side were drawn alongside Benfica. The Scot will be satisfied with the draw and expect to progress comfortably, but will heed the warning of United's failure to qualify from the group stage in 2005 after a 2-1 defeat at the Estadio da Luz in their last game. Swiss side Basel should pose few problems while scouts will already be booking their flights to watch Romanian outfit Otelul Galati, who are an unknown quantity.”

BENFICA
SEASON 2010-11
League:
Second
Europe: Europa League semi-fnals
Coach: Jorge Jesus

Appointed: 2009

Stadium:
Estadio da Luz

Capacity:
65,647

Best Champions League performance:
Winners twice (1961, 1962)
THE DANGER MAN
Nolito

The former Barcelona B winger has set the tone in Benfica's attack in the first matches of the season, netting a goal in each of his first five official appearances, equalling Eusebio's record. Nolito has shown good dribbling, passing and finishing, and for a player who joined the club on a free transfer, he is one of the club's best summer moves.

Luis Mira, Goal.com Portuguese Football Editor

"Apart from Manchester United, Benfica will be happy with the clubs they are going to meet in the Champions League group stage. Though the Portuguese club have never faced neither Basel, nor Otelul, in official matches, they have fond memories of Swiss and Romanian opposition, as they have never been defeated by teams from either country in European competitions."

BASEL
SEASON 2010-11
League:
Champions
Europe: Champions League group stage, Europa League last 32
Coach: Thorsten Fink

Appointed: 2009

Stadium:
St Jakob Park

Capacity:
38,500

Best Champions League performance:
Last 16 (2003)
THE DANGER MAN
Alexander Frei

Having returned to his hometown club in the twilight of his career, 32-year-old Frei still doesn't appear to be showing any signs of slowing down. The 2010-11 season saw the former Borussia Dortmund striker notch a very impressive 35 goals in 55 appearances in all competitions, racking up an equally notable 12 assists.



OTELUL
GALATI
SEASON 2010-11
League:
Champions
Europe: Did not participate
Coach: Dorinel Munteanu

Appointed: 2009

Stadium:
Stadium Otelul

Capacity:
13,500

Best Champions League performance:
Debutants
THE DANGER MAN
Sergiu Costin

It seems perverse to pick out an individual from a side that derives much of its strength from  collective cohesion. Regardless, though, Costin is the side’s captain and calm defensive orchestrator and a vital component of a team that has far exceeded the sum of its parts in claiming the Romanian league title and a first ever stab at Champions League football.
Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton was in Monaco conducting part of the draw and some of the memories of the 1968 triumph would have come flooding back after Sir Alex Ferguson's side were drawn alongside Benfica. The Scot will be satisfied with the draw and expect to progress comfortably, but will heed the warning of United's failure to qualify from the group stage in 2005 after a 2-1 defeat at the Estadio da Luz in their last game. Swiss side Basel should pose few problems while scouts will already be booking their flights to watch Romanian outfit Otelul Galati, who are an unknown quantity.”