Moyes relishing Champions League challenge with Man Utd

David Moyes admits he has to learn about the Champions League quickly now he is Manchester United manager, the Guardian has reported, but the former Everton boss insists he is looking forward to the challenge of Europe’s top club competition.

Moyes had a brief taste of Champions League football while in charge of the Toffees, taking Everton to fourth place in the 2004/05 season and meeting Villarreal in the qualifying round of the 2005/06 campaign. The Yellow Submarine proved too much for Moyes’ team, however, winning 4-2 on aggregate to send Everton into the Europa League, a competition in which Moyes’ team appeared regularly.

The United boss revealed that he will look to tap into the Champions League experience that already exists at Old Trafford in order to best prepare for the competition. “For me it will be a thrill and I’m going to have to learn a lot quickly and that’s where I’m looking to the likes of Ryan Giggs and a few players around me for the things which I need to be told about,” he said.

It’s not all about the playing side of it – I’ve been in the Champions League [qualifiers], watched loads of games, managed in the Europa League – everybody has to start somewhere.

United have three European Cup triumphs to their name – two of which came under Moyes’ predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson, who led his team to victory in the 1999 final against Bayern Munich and, almost a decade later, saw off Chelsea on penalties. United’s first European Cup win was overseen by Matt Busby, against Benfica in 1968.

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