He will be able to give United the low-down on his former team-mates – as will the rest of United’s Dutch contingent, defender Daley Blind, manager Louis Van Gaal and his coaches Albert Stuivenberg, Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout.
United have fond memories of Moscow following their dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea there in the 2008 final. They also savoured victory when they played CSKA away in the group stages in the 2009-10 campaign, although they were held at home.
Michael Owen didn’t have many moments to remember from his three-year spell with United but one of them was his hat-trick against Wolfsburg in the Volkswagon stadium in December 2009. Bastian Schweinsteiger, for one, will relish the trip back to Germany, especially as City-bound De Bruyne is unlikely to be there.
Chelsea have bagged the ’air miles’ group, with Jose Mourinho’s Premier League champions set to travel a massive 9,184 miles in travelling to Dinamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv as well as his former club Porto. By comparison, Arsenal will travel 5,894 miles, United 5,452 and City 4,842.