Brown: Man Utd players eager to resume Champions League action
He said: "We have all been looking forward to the Champions League starting again as we enjoy being in all competitions.
"Perhaps they are not as strong as in previous years but they can punish you just the same.
"We are happy to be in the competition and want to progress to the next stage."
Lyon recovered from losing their first two group games to pick up 10 points from four matches, including a decisive 3-0 victory against Rangers at Ibrox.
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is pleased the second leg is Old Trafford on March 4.
He said: "It's maybe the hardest of the five (possible draws) we could have got.
"Lyon have won their league for the last six seasons in a row - that's an incredible record.
"They've lost some players over the last few years but they're always capable of producing new ones.
"It's important to come back from France with a good result. Then our fans, with Old Trafford at its loudest, can help us go through."