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Moyes looking forward to Champions League bow

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is "excited" about leading the Red Devils in Europe for the first time.

Moyes' only previous experience in the Champions League came in 2005 with Everton, and the Scot admitted that he is looking forward to making his United debut in the competition.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of United's home clash with Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night, he said: "I've been excited about it ever since I joined Manchester United.

"Every game has offered a new challenge and a tough one as well. I've been there before with Everton - we didn't quite make the group stages but this is different."

Expectations remain high for United, who will also face Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad in Group A of this season's tournament, and Moyes admitted he could have been dealt an easier hand for his first venture into the unknown.

He said: "You used to be able to always pick out the group winners but in the last few years that has become more difficult. It is more unpredictable than it was.

"We've got a leading team from Germany, one from Spain and we go to Donetsk to play Shakhtar. It's a tough group."

The 50-year old, who took the reigns from the retired Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, also knows what is expected of him in Europe this campaign, adding: "This is a club that's used to getting to the latter stages.

"I think it's become a competition that everybody wants to do well in. Maybe some teams can afford to rest player in their leagues and use them in the Champions League but that's hard in the Premier League.

"It's a competition the players here at Manchester United are used to and experienced in."

United enter the game against Bayer Leverkusen coming off the back of a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend courtesy of goals from Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. 

The Old Trafford faithful will be hoping for a successful start to Moyes' European adventures, having enjoyed frequent continental success under Sir Alex.

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