Manchester United manager admits defeat in the Champions League
Managers usually start waving the white flag when it has become mathematically impossible to qualify for the knockout stages of a competition, although David Moyes is sounding the alarm bells despite Manchester United’s wining start in Europe.
September 30th, 2013
The Red Devils beat Bayer Leverkusen a fortnight ago and will hope to take a firm grip of Group A by winning away at Shakhtar Donetsk this week, although the new Red Devils manager has admitted that qualifying for the last sixteen is not a certainty.
United were unlucky to lose to Real Madrid at the last sixteen stage of the competition last season, although Moyes believes that the Champions League has never been more difficult to win, especially with newly-rich clubs like PSG coming to the fore.
He said: “It has become a harder competition to win, with the spending power of some of the big teams in other countries. With the emergence of all the good Spanish players and Spanish teams and now you have PSG – the competition has become much more open than it was in years gone by.
“It’s been hard for Manchester United as well and progress is not something that is guaranteed,” he said. “There were no guarantees for Manchester City [who failed to reach the last 16] last year. You have to play well enough and grow into it and, hopefully, keep moving along.”
Moyes has admitted he will play his strongest XI for the game after resting Nemanja Vidic, Rafael da Silva, Marouane Fellaini, Patrice Evra and Robin van Persie on Saturday, although the bookies make United the outsiders to win in the Donbass Arena.