The Tangerines find themselves in the early stages of Europeâ€™s second tier club competition after finishing fifth in the Scottish Premier League last season and will find out today who they take on for a chance to gain entry into the group stage proper.
Among the clubs United can be drawn against are Inter Milan, Marseille, last seasonâ€™s runners-up Athletic Bilbao and FC Twente but Houston wants most to avoid Liverpool as he feels they wonâ€™t stand a chance.
â€śIâ€™d rather avoid Liverpool in terms of us getting to the next round. Their quality and class would make it very tough,â€ť he said after his side were beaten 1-0 by the Redsâ€™ Merseyside rivals Everton in a friendly last night.
â€śIn terms of the budgets we shouldnâ€™t be able to compete.
â€śThe other sides that we could draw would represent a different challenge and style but there arenâ€™t any Iâ€™d be afraid of playing.
â€śWe would just like a bit of luck after going out to Slask Wroclaw and AEK in the last two seasons.â€ť