Impress your mates with your European knowledge by reading and then regurgitating our guide to United's new Champions League opponents...
How did Aalborg qualify?
Aalborg qualified for the Champions League for a second time – a record for a Danish side – by winning the Superliga last season, the third title in the club’s 106-year history. Bruce Rioch’s side finished nine points clear of second-place FC Midtylland, the team that nearly knocked Manchester City out of the UEFA Cup, and 11 ahead of FC Copenhagen, United’s CL opponents in 2006/07. They made it through to the group stages by virtue of a 7-1 aggregate win against Bosnians FC Modrica – a convincing 5-0 win in the home leg made the second leg a formality – and a third qualifying round victory over FBK Kaunas, the Lithuanian side who humbled Rangers in the previous round. The Danes won the first leg 2-0 on their home patch, and repeated the scoreline in the Lithuanian capital. Kaunas didn’t help their cause by having two players sent off as they chased the tie in the second leg.
Are they any good in Europe?
Aalborg are the first Danish side to enjoy a second bite of the Champions League cherry, having previously made it through to the European top table in 1995/96. It proved to be a baptism of fire, as they lost their first five matches against Dynamo Kiev, Porto and Nantes before earning their first ever CL point with a 2-2 draw against the Portuguese champions. The Danes have had recent European experience, though. They won one only game in last year’s UEFA Cup group stage, but gave Spurs a huge fright at ‘The Lane’ by taking a two-goal advantage before losing 3-2.
Who's their main man on the pitch?
The same man who has the dubious honour of being the last player to be sent off at Highbury… and that was without touching the ball after coming on as a substitute for Wigan! An attacking midfielder, Andreas Johansson wasn’t a hit with everyone at the JJB Stadium and scored just four goals in 29 games, but he’s proved a handful for Danish defences since arriving last summer. Most dangerous when given time to create, Johansson is also a handy ball-winner in the centre of the park. His best spell as a player saw him win two titles and a cup with Djurgardens in his native Sweden.