And even though Sir Alex’s men endured a torrid time in the Champions League this term, United’s record in the competition is second to none. Indeed, this is United’s 19th entry into the Champions League. That’s more than any other side, including Barcelona and Real Madrid (both 18).
As we prepare for another assault on Europe’s premier club competition, we run the rule over the Reds’ record:
(all stats Champions League only)
Played 194 Won 107 (55%), Drawn 52* (26%), Lost 35 (18%)
* 2007/08 penalty shootout win vs Chelsea classed as a draw
Most United appearances: Ryan Giggs (139)
Most United goals: Ruud van Nistelrooy (38)
24 United have played fixtures in 24 different countries and faced 58 different clubs.
Most played opponents: Bayern Munich (9); Barcelona, Juventus (8)
Most visited countries: Italy (14); Spain, Portugal (11), Germany, France (10)
Finals reached: 4 (Won 1998/99, 2007/08; Lost 2008/09, 2010/11)
Hat-tricks scored: 5 (Andy Cole x2, Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Michael Owen)