Manchester Utd face a trip into the unknown after drawing Feyenoord, Fenerbahce and Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League.
Zorya are European debutants – they reached the play-offs in the last two years but failed to progress – and they are based in the east of the country close to the border with Russia.
However, because of the war in that part of the country Jose Mourinho’s side are set to play at the Slavutych Arena in Zaporizhia, which is more centrally located.
United’s other two opponents are far more familiar in Fenerbahce, who ex-United striker Robin van Persie currently plays for, and Feyenoord.
Mourinho seemed happy enough to have the chance to face different opponents.
“There are groups in the Champions League that are very similar, so it is good for that,” he told a press conference.
“We all know the competition is not the same as the Champions League but to have Manchester United playing against clubs with tradition like Fenerbahce and Feyenoord is good for us.
“I don’t have more vision about Ukraine. We know that it will be a difficult group, but I think that is a good thing.
“If you have teams without expression then even the fans may not enjoy Thursday nights at Old Trafford.
“It is good for the fans and for the players because it will help motivation.”