The Scot is going to have a tricky introduction to European football.
With a Champions League group that pits Manchester United with Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad, Sir Alex Ferguson tells successor David Moyes it’s the hardest draw the club have ever had.
When United host the Germans on Tuesday night, it will be the 50-year-old’s first foray into the world of top European football, with Moyes just missing out on taking Everton there in 2005 when the Toffees were beaten in the qualifiers by Villarreal.
However, the opinion from Ferguson will probably do little to calm the new boss’ nerves.
“He said he thinks it’s one of the hardest draws United have ever had in the Champions League,” Moyes was quoted by the Telegraph.
“If that’s coming from him it must be tough. We’ve got a German team and a Spanish team.”
Ferguson led the Red Devils to triumph in the competition twice, winning in 1999 and 2008 and also lost out in two other finals.
Moyes however will be entering unknown territory and will have to find the Glaswegian’s feet quickly in a group that is likely to be unforgiving to slip-ups.
Victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday puts United in a more comfortable position in the Premier League however, after a defeat and draw in their previous two fixtures.
After four matches in the league, Moyes’ side have taken a modest seven points, but still trail leaders Liverpool by two points – and the Reds have a game in hand against Swansea City on Monday night.
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