After suffering defeat at the hands of Real Madrid last year that forced the club to make an early exit from the Champions League, Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes that he and his teammates could go a long way in the competition this year.
Jones feels that his Old Trafford side could be strong contenders to lift the trophy and expressed his excitement about the group stage draw which is being made in Monaco today.
"Champions League draw day is a day you always look forward to," he told the club's official website.
Manchester United are seeded in pot one for the draw along with Chelsea and Arsenal. These three English clubs are top seeds so will avoid the defending champions Bayern Munich. They could, however, be drawn against Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli.
"It's always exciting to watch it and see the balls being drawn out of the hat. It'll be interesting to see who we get." continued Jones.
United suffered heartbreak last year and an early departure from the competition after losing 3-2 on aggregate against the Spanish giants. Portuguese Winger Nani received a controversial red card in the second leg at Old Trafford.
Jones, however backing his side for a more successful push for the coveted Champions League title this year. He added: "We all know what happened last season - football can be a cruel game at times. But hopefully we can do well in it again this year and really stamp our mark in the Champions League.
"It's always been a huge competition for this club. We want to continue the success the club has had in it in the past."
United's fierce rivals Manchester City have be seeded in pot three and face the unenviable prospect of being landed in another group of death when the draw is made.
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