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Manchester United must win Champions League opener

'The Chosen One' must show winning mentality against Leverkusen  (©GettyImages)
'The Chosen One' must show winning mentality against Leverkusen (©GettyImages).

David Moyes's first taste of the UEFA Champions League as Manchester United manager comes against Bayer Leverkusen.

Until now, Moyes has had a mixed bag of results. United won against Wigan Athletic in the FA Community Shield and Swansea City in their first Premier League match but these wins were followed by a draw against Chelsea and a disappointing 1-0 loss against Liverpool.

There have been questions about the ability of Moyes to manage a big club and these questions have still not been answered. The doubt on his ability still remains.

Moyes did a great job at Everton but Manchester United is not Everton. The expectations at Old Trafford are much higher than Goodison Park.

He is at Manchester United now and they must challenge for the title every season. He must adopt the winning mentality that has carried the club to not only win the Premier League title 13 times, but also to be among Europe's elite in the Champions League.

He must show that he has the mentality to grind out results. United's first match in the Champions League is against Bayer Leverkusen and they must win this match.

Moyes, by winning this match, should send a strong signal to the football world that he has Champions League pedigree.

Wayne Rooney is likely to miss out this match. And I think Moyes must start Shinji Kagawa in his place.

Kagawa is the player United desperately need right now, considering their inability to break down their opponents in their last two matches.

Also, I think Antonio Valencia or Danny Welbeck should be on the bench for this match and Nani should get a start. Marouane Fellaini is likely to start in central midfield with Michael Carrick. The rest of the starting XI should remain the same as it has been in United's previous matches.

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