Manchester United manager David Moyes cannot wait to begin his first ever Champions League campaign which kicks off tonight at Old Trafford as the Red Devils take on Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Moyes. “I’ve been excited since joining Manchester United, every game has offered a new challenge.
“I’m really looking forward to the Champions League. I’ve been there before, with Everton, and we didn’t quite make the group stages, but this is something different.
“I’m now managing a club which is used to getting to the final stages and we’ll try to do that again.
“I’ve been in the Premier League for a long time now. I’ve always wanted to get to the Champions League and I did everything I could at Everton to try and make that happen.
“I’ve now got another route in with Manchester United and I’m going to do everything I possibly can to win it. That’s the key.”
The United boss did warn though that his club are in a tough group and that it will not be an easy job to get to the knockout stage.
“I’m now managing a club which is used to getting to the final stages and we’ll try to do that again.”
“I think all the groups are tough,” he said. “I think the Champions League has become different and, over the last one or two years, I think it’s become more difficult to pick out the winning teams in each group.
“You can see by the results of some of the group stages, it’s a bit more unpredictable than it’s been in the past.
“So, I think it’s a tough group. We’ve got a leading team from Germany, a leading team from Spain (Real Sociedad), and we have to go to Donetsk to play Shakhtar, who are pretty well experienced in the Champions League.
“I see it as a pretty tough-looking group.”