Manchester United fans suffer during Champions League draw

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The draw for this season's UEFA Champions League took place in an event that was as drawn out as it was swanky. The Tax haven of Monaco played host as 32 of Europe's best clubs discovered who they would face in the group stages.

But one notable absentee from the ceremony was Manchester United. The proud new owners of the world transfer record may be making more headlines than any other football club this summer but they will not be in Europe's elite contest after finishing fifth last season.

The Red Devils narrowly missed out on the top four in the Premier League and were agonisingly pipped to the post by their local rivals Manchester City.

It cost Louis van Gaal his job and allowed Jose Mourinho to take charge but while things may have changed dramatically at Old Trafford since May, Thursday was a painful reminder of days gone by.

Obviously, Manchester United fans needed no reminder that they wouldn't be involved in the Champions League draw, but Twitter let them know them anyway.

Take a look at some of the best reaction below:

The draw

Leicester City appeared to take Manchester United's role in the draw, getting the easiest of all the English clubs. As they were in the first pot, known as the champion's pot, they were always going to avoid the biggest clubs but they couldn't have hoped for a better draw than this. The face Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen.

Arsenal were also handed a relatively easy draw but face a long trip to Bulgaria's Ludogorets as well as the tough task of facing PSG, who go into Group A as favourites to qualify. FC Basel complete an easy group for the Gunners.

Manchester City, as always, have been given the toughest draw with Pep Guardiola facing a return trip to his former club Barcelona. Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic make up what appears to be the strongest group.

Finally, Tottenham will fancy their chances of qualifying after being drawn against CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and AS Monaco.

Europa League

Manchester United fans will be on alert when the Europa League draw gets underway on Friday. Although widely regarded as the second tier contest, Mourinho would never turn down a trophy, even if they will have to play a ridiculous amount of games to get it.

Thanks to their presence in pot 1, they will avoid the biggest names in the group stage. That pot includes: Schalke, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Athletic Bilbao, Internazionale and Fiorentina.

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