Manchester United manager David Moyes is looking forward to his first Champions League campaign - and admits he is keen to learn from veteran star Ryan Giggs about Europe's premier club competition.
Moyes, who replaced the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson this summer, has never managed a team in the Champions League group stages before. The closest he came was with former club Everton in 2005, when the Toffees were controversially beaten in the final qualifying round by Spanish side Villarreal.
However, the 50-year-old Scot is now relishing the prospect of competing in the 2013/14 Champions League campaign with the Red Devils.
"For me it will be a thrill," Moyes told Sky Sports. "I'm going to have to learn a lot quickly and that's where I'm looking to the likes of Ryan Giggs and a few players around me for the things which I need to be told about.
"It's not all about the playing side of it.
"I've been in the Champions League, watched loads of games, managed in the Europa League. Everybody has to start somewhere."
Despite his lack of Champions League experience, Moyes appreciates the expectations that come with managing Manchester United in Europe. But rather than appearing daunted by the prospect of competing against the continent's most revered clubs, Moyes can't wait to get started in the competition he regards as equally important as the Premier League.
"To win one of the big European tournaments, it's always been seen as something special," he added. "Winning your own domestic league is very important but winning the Champions League has become very important, for the country and Premier League as well.
"The year when Manchester United and Chelsea played in the final, everyone connected to football in this country sort of stuck their chest out.
"It was the German teams this year, in the past it's been the Spanish.
"I genuinely think there's a swell from our country that we want the British teams to do really well. I'm really looking forward it."
Manchester United will be seeded in Pot 1 for the group stages, along with the likes of reigning European champions Bayern Munich and La Liga champions Barcelona, when the group stage draw is made in Monaco at the end of August.
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