Who's the boss? Italian Luciano Spalletti occupies the managerial hot-seat. He spent four years as manager of Roma but won only one of his six clashes with the Reds over a two-year period and will be hoping for better luck if the sides are drawn together on Monday.
Have we got history? The one match between the two clubs came in the aforementioned Super Cup clash back in 2008. With both teams fresh off the back of European triumphs, the opportunity for more silverware was not lost on either side. Midway through their own season, Zenit were much sharper than the Reds, who were 2-0 down by the hour mark. However, the double deficit seemed to spark United into life and Nemanja Vidic gave the Reds a lifeline on 75 minutes. Paul Scholes then appeared to have brought United level, however replays showed the midfielder had used his hand to direct the ball towards goal and he was duly shown a second yellow card and dismissed. Zenit held out for a 2-1 victory.