Manchester United manager David Moyes has acknowledged the threat posed by tonight’s Champions League opponents Real Sociedad, as well as setting a points target that he believes will secure a place in the last 16 of the competition.
Moyes’ team travelled to Spain yesterday in preparation for their Group A fixture against bottom-placed Sociedad, who are yet to get off the mark after losing their opening three games.
Despite the Spanish side’s poor campaign thus far, the Red Devils boss remains wary of a potential slip-up and maintained his focus on beating the La Liga outfit tonight (Tuesday).
He told Sky Sports: “I certainly won’t take anything for granted.
“I have a lot of respect for Sociedad, and we will have to play well on Tuesday if we are going to get those 10 points which will get us over the line.”
Former Old Trafford boss, Sir Alex Ferguson, is believed to have aimed for 10 points from the group stage during each season he was at the club, with the target identified as enough to secure qualification into the knockout phase of the competition.
And, with Moyes taking the same approach, the 50-year-old said: “We’ve got ourselves in a good position in the group and we have to try to maintain that.”
Following his side’s early struggles in the Premier League, Moyes believes his team are performing in a similar fashion in both competitions, and recognised the capability of his player’s on the big stage.
United are undefeated for over a month, and are growing in confidence despite their current position of eighth in the English top flight.
He added: “There is nothing which we have done differently. Everything we’re doing in the Champions League, we’re also doing in the Premier League as well.
“The players are used to it. They are experienced at this level and that helps. I hope it continues.”
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