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Moyes: No grace period at United

ESPN staff
July 25, 2013
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Manchester United manager David Moyes has conceded he "has a lot to learn quickly" and will rely on the club's senior players to help him adapt to the daunting role at Old Trafford.

Moyes has suggested he will lean on new first team coach Ryan Giggs and the serial winners in his dressing room to give him the help he admits he will need to make the step up from the role he excelled in at Everton.

Having never managed in the Champions League group stages, or won a major trophy as a manager, a humble Moyes has admitted he has much to learn, but is relishing the opportunity that fell into his lap when Sir Alex Ferguson retired last May.

"For me, this will be a thrill and I'm going to have to learn a lot quickly," Moyes told reporters in Hong Kong. "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 (qualifiers), watched loads of games, managed in the Europa League, but everybody has to start somewhere."

Despite his acceptance that he faces an uphill battle to prove his worth as United boss, Moyes is aiming high as he has targeted glory in next season's Champions League, even though he believes the standard in Europe's elite competition is higher than ever.

"I think to win one of the big European tournaments, it's always been seen as something special," he said. "I've got to say I'm really looking forward it.

"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 doing that 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.

"I do think it's a much more open competition than what it has been in the past. Even from the draw, if you don't get a particularly good draw it can become a struggle whichever part of the world you're playing in now."

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