Manchester United ‘fortunate’ to have Moyes

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Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton believes the club are ‘fortunate’ to have David Moyes at the helm.

The former Everton boss replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford following the Scot’s retirement at the end of last season, and has faced a difficult start to life in charge of the Premier League champions.

However, the club’s all-time record goalscorer is in no doubt that Moyes will come good with the Red Devils, and eventually settle into the role after coming to terms with a couple of 'differences' which come with taking the reigns of the world's biggest club.

"David has, of course, sampled European football with Everton before, but he will learn a lot from being in the Champions League and he'll learn very quickly," he told the official Manchester United website.

"We're very fortunate that he's our manager, no doubt about that.

"Continuity was a big factor in David's appointment. Whenever you change manager, there will, of course, be one or two little differences, but not a lot if you handle it right and we've done that."

Charlton was speaking ahead of United’s Champions League clash against Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, with Moyes’ side looking to build on their opening Group A victory.

A 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen has put the three-time European Cup winners in an early position of dominance, and the veteran believes the competition is one that’s made for Manchester United.

"My own memories of the Champions League go right back to when it was known as the European Cup, and our very first involvement in the competition," added Charlton.

"Manchester United led English football into Europe. Back then we were up against top-quality players and we couldn't wait for each game. The competition was made for Manchester United, for our mentality. We knew it was for us. What followed over the ensuing decades proved it, and the Champions League will continue to be a competition made for Manchester United."

As well as Leverkusen and Donetsk, the Red Devils also have Real Sociedad in the group after a relatively kind draw.

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