Morgan Schneiderlin has insisted Manchester United have no fear going into the Champions League group stages.
Having been drawn alongside PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg, Man United were lucky to avoid the bigger clubs in the pot.
Even so, Schneiderlin is confident that Man United can get past any team that comes in their way.
The Frenchman touched on how much Champions League football means to United and himself in particular.
“One of the big reasons I joined this club was to play Champions League football. We’ve got through the qualifying stage in a good manner and now we have a good group that I’m confident of getting through,” he said.
“People may look at the group and think it will be easy for Manchester United because we have avoided the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Of course it could have been worse, but these are three very good teams.
Wary of the opposition, Schneiderlin still has high hopes for United in the group stage.
He said: “Our aim is to finish top of our group and then go from there. We have big expectations for the Champions League this season. For us the most important thing is to play well in the group stage. If we do that and qualify for the knockout stages we’re bound to come up against those big sides.
“When that comes around we’ll be ready for whoever we face. We’re Manchester United and we’re not scared of anyone.”
Schneiderlin will be crucial if United are to go far in Europe’s elite competition. The midfielder has brought a calmness and composure to the middle of the park along with some quality depth alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera.