Sunday, 29 September 2013

David Moyes: We Need More Class To Compete In The Champions League

David Moyes is convinced ManchesterUnited will need to bring in some big names is they are going to avoid a painful Champions League campaign.

United are in all sorts of trouble in the Premier League after losing to West Brom at Old Trafford.
 
And now the Scot has taken a good look at his resources and dished out a dose of realism about the Reds chances of European success as well.

Having seen Europe's best teams splash out on big names in recent seasons, Moyes acknowledges the competition has stepped up a level since United last made the final in 2011.

And without heavy spending in January, the new Reds chief fears his side do not possess enough match winners to lift the trophy.

He said: "To win the Champions League, you have to have five or six world class players.

"Look at Barcelona, who had it in the past and Real Madrid have maybe got it now. That’s the level you have to get at to win it.

"We’ve not got the five or six world class stars that some teams have yet.

"But what we have got is experience and several players who are in that category or close to it.

"So hopefully, we’ll do it this year but if not, hopefully, the years to come."

Moyes concedes United need to get busy in the transfer market if they are to compete on the same level as the likes of Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain.

He was criticised for a frustrating summer of inactivity that brought only the deadline day signature of Marouane Fellaini from Everton.

But the new Reds chief is clear in his own mind that new arrivals are necessary.

He added: "The job when I took over was always going to be that we’d have to make changes and improve as we go along.

"But I took over the champions of England. I wasn’t going to come in here and say ‘such and such isn’t good’, not at all. Everything that Sir Alex has done is great.

"But, in time, obviously with people’s age and depending on how things go, I’ll have to make some changes."

Despite his surprising view point, Moyes will not be panicking if United fail to beat Shakhtar Donetsk in their opening away game.

He added: "I’ve been watching the Champions League from afar and I think, sometimes, teams grow into the competition.

"Sometimes you can win your games early, but I’d be quite happy to get through and grow into it, getting better and better.

"Last year, the competition changed. Everyone thought it’d be Barcelona, Real Madrid and in the end the German teams got stronger as the competition went on.

"Not an awful lot of notice was taken of them, albeit Dortmund beat Man City early on.

"I’d love to get it done early, of course, but I still think it’s a competition you have to grow into as the year goes on.

"Certainly going to the Ukraine is tough. They’ve got a good record. I know they’ve sold some good players but they have five or six Brazilians playing for them.

"They’re not necessarily Ukraine-based boys, they’re from all over the place.

"We’ll need to go there with a strong team. It’s a hard game. I’m really looking forward to it.

"The Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen was fantastic and I’m really looking forward to it and seeing what it’s like being involved in these competitions."

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