Moyes to name 'strong team' for Shakhtar clash

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Manchester United boss David Moyes is anticipating a tough tie on Wednesday night when his side face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Moyes is under immense pressure after his side suffered their third defeat of the season - as West Brom won 2-1 at Old Trafford.

The Premier League champions are currently languishing in 12th place after picking up just two wins in their first six league games.

Moyes' side comfortably defeated Bayer Leverkusen in their Group A Champions League opener but have been beaten by arch-rivals Manchester City and West Brom since.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's game at Donbass Arena, Moyes said: "I think we need to go there with a strong team. Going to Ukraine is tough because Donetsk have had a good record.

"I know they’ve sold one or two players but they have five or six Brazilians; they are not all Ukraine-based players but from all over the place."

Moyes, who this week said Manchester United have not got enough world class players to win the Champions League, is 'looking forward' to Wednesday's encounter.

"I think the history here is to be known throughout Europe; Manchester United and their history shows you that has been the case," added the former Everton boss.

“It has become a harder competition to win with the spending power of some of the big teams in other countries.

"With the emergence of all the good Spanish players and Spanish teams and now you have PSG... the competition has become much more open than it was in years gone by.

“It’s been hard for Manchester United as well and progress is not something that is guaranteed. There were no guarantees for Manchester City last year. You have to play well enough and grow into it and, hopefully, keep moving along."

United are currently sitting top of Group A - level on points with last season's Ukrainian champions.

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