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David Moyes doubts United’s Champions League chances

David Moyes has admitted that his Manchester United side lack the quality needed to win the Champions League but claims they will soon be at that level.

After Manchester United make their worst start to a season in 24 years, all eyes will be on Moyes’ men as they head into their first Champions League away draw to Shaktar Donestk on Wednesday.

After suffering away defeats to Premier League rivals, Liverpool and Manchester City, alongside losing their last home game to West Brom, David Moyes has insisted the team must be “judged on how they bounce back.”

The Premier League champions were unsuccessful in their pursuit of targets over the summer, with interest in Leighton Baines, Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera all amounting to nothing. The Red’s boss is concerned that his squad may lack the quality to challenge the strong contenders, such as Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

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Match Preview: Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen

The Scot takes charge of the Red Devils’ first European game in the post-Ferguson era and will be looking to make full use of home advantage.

After the disappointment of United’s last two Champions League campaigns, the Red’s will be looking to turn over a new leaf under rookie David Moyes. Despite his experience in the Premier League Moyes has failed to reach this stage of the Champions League after his former Everton side lost 4-2 to Villareal on aggregate in 2005.

As Moyes takes charge of his first European game in eight years, with four times Champions League finalists, there will be no lack of pressure for the manager.

Failure to reach the quarter finals of the previous two campaigns will be high on everyone’s minds and United will look to improve as they get their 2013/14 campaign up and running against ex-Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia’s Bayern Leverkusen tonight.… Continue reading →

New philosophy: Is it for the best?

Many players are suffering because of the ongoing trends in football tactics, but are they so important to follow; as the beautiful game evolves quicker than ever. 

Competitions like the champions league create opportunity for smaller teams to try and copy their older brothers, reciprocating their style in order to one day perform how they do. This was bought to attention when the whole world watched Barcelona dominate football with the ever famous ‘tiki taka’ style of play.

Along with this passing game catching on to teams like Swansea and Wigan; the 4-4-2 was then relinquished and seen as a negative approach by any manager that dared to use it, and in result; class players being summoned to the dreaded bench.

It is still possible for two out and out strikers to work together, who doesn’t want a target man and a poacher to work with one another? Or is… Continue reading →

5 Predictions for this season’s Champions League


With the beginning of the Champions League this week, I decided to make a few predictions on how the Europe’s most decorated club tournament will pan out. Hopefully, I am more accurate than Theo Walcott’s finishing!

1. Underwhelming results from the English contingent

Over recent years, the English representatives of the Champions league have lacked one simple thing, composure. They have simply faltered, when they should have secured victory, they didn’t, and it has cost them year in year out. I don’t think this year will bring anything different. Sure, City have brought in some dazzling new strikers, Arsenal have finally signed a world class player in Mesut Özil, Chelsea have raided Anzhi for their two best players, whilst United have signed the intimidatingly afroed Marouane Fellaini for an exorbitant fee. However, I simply don’t see this tendency changing; it could be a hard tournament for fans of British… Continue reading →


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