Sir Bobby Charlton fittingly pulled out Benfica, the team he helped conquer in the 1968 European Cup final, at the ceremony as Sir Alex's side start on the road to Munich looking to go one better than last season.
United, who were the very first team drawn in Monaco, also meet Swiss outfit FC Basel, who got a draw at Old Trafford in 2003, and Romanian newcomers Otelul Galati whose name will soon become more familiar with Reds fans.
14 Sept Benfica (A) | 27 Sept FC Basel (H) | 18 Oct Otelul Galati (A) | 2 Nov Otelul Galati (H) | 22 Nov Benfica (H) | 7 Dec FC Basel (A)
Group A: Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Man City, Napoli.
Group B: Inter Milan, CSKA Moscow, Lille, Trabzonspor.
Group C: United, Benfica, Basel, Otelul Galati.
Group D: Real Madrid, Lyon, Ajax, Dinamo Zagreb.
Group E: Chelsea, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Genk.
Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Olympiacos, Borussia Dortmund.
Group G: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg, Apoel Nicosia.
Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, BATE Borisov, Viktoria Plizen.