However, the Reds have only suffered two defeats on trips to France. We look back at our 14 previous visits to L’Hexagon…
United have faced Les Dogues in France three times but, remarkably, have never played in Lille itself. Due to UEFA regulations, the Hauts-de-France club were forced to play Champions League games in other locations until their current stadium was complete.
Back in October 2001, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s early strike helped to secure a 1-1 draw at the Stade Félix-Bollaert, RC Lens's stadium, thus securing United’s progression to the Champions League knockout stages.
In November 2005, this time at the Stade de France in Paris, a Milenko Ačimovič goal condemned the Reds to a 1-0 defeat that contributed towards a rare group-stage exit for the club.
We hit back the following season, when Lille were drawn as our opponents in the first knockout round. As in 2001, the game was played in Lens, and a Ryan Giggs free-kick earned a first-leg lead that would put the Reds on our way to the quarter-finals.