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David Moyes says he will be doing all he can to steer Manchester United towards European glory during his first season at the club.
The Scot arrived at Old Trafford during the summer as the replacement for compatriot Sir Alex Ferguson who won the competition twice during his illustrious reign.
Things haven’t exactly gone to plan for Moyes though, losing three out of his first six league games to leave his side currently sitting 12th in the Premier League table.
However, perhaps their best performance under the 50-year-old came in their Champions League group stage opener when they defeated German outfit Bayer Leverkusen 4-2. They now have the chance to build on that result when they face Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday evening.
Despite never having made it past the quarter-finals of the competition, Mircea Lucescu’s men are considered one of Europe’s trickiest opponents on home soil and will be desperate to add to that reputation at the Donbass Arena.
After reaching the final of the tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2011, United have struggled to make any real impact in the last two years, going out in the group stages in 2011-12 before being eliminated in the second round by Real Madrid last term.
Their early-season struggles indicate that they may have a few problems this time around, but Moyes remains in bullish mood and says he will be doing all he can to help the club become European champions for the fourth time.
“Of course we’ll try to win the Champions League,” said the Scot. “That’s part of the job at Manchester United and I’ll do everything I can to try to make that happen.”