Manchester United will play Belgian outfit Club Brugge in the qualifying round for the Champions League, it has been confirmed.
Louis van Gaal's team will face the Pro League outfit who topped the division last time round but lost out in a title play-off, and will play the first leg at Old Trafford on August 18 or 19, with the second game scheduled for a week later.
The news will come as a relief for Manchester United, who avoided the prospect of a much trickier tie to make it back into the group stages of the Champions League.
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The Red Devils, who finished in fourth place in the Premier League last season, could have faced Italian giants Lazio or Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, who knocked Arsenal out of the competition last season.
Van Gaal is looking to get his side back into the big time after they missed out on Champions League qualification under former boss David Moyes.
The former Barcelona boss has splashed in excess of £200 million over the last year or so to do just that, and has bought in five players already this summer.
Club Brugge beat Greek side Panathinaikos 4-2 on aggregate in the third qualifying round to set up the showdown with Manchester United.
Celtic were drawn against Swedish outfit Malmo as they bid to make it to the group stages of the Champions League once more.
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