David Moyes says he needs to learn quickly from Ryan Giggs
Davide Moyes says he needs to learn quick and learn from Ryan Giggs to make sure Manchester United remain big in Europe.
Moyes has a wealth of Premier League knowledge to draw on from his decade in charge at Everton.
Europe is another matter and the new Old Trafford boss’ CV includes only a defeat in a 2005 Champions League qualifier plus a handful of Europa League games.
But he can lean heavily on player-coach Giggs, who has notched up a club record 144 Champions League appearances for United.
But Moyes, 50, insisted: “For me it will be a thrill.
“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.”
Moyes knows the importance of the competition to a club that won the European Cup twice and contested two more finals under former boss Alex Ferguson. He believes it is a competition that is not just important United but the whole country.
Moyes added: “To win one of the big European tournaments, it’s always been seen as something special.
“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.”
United’s pre-season tour has moved on to Japan where they play Cerezo Osaka tomorrow.
Rising star Adnan Januzaj is likely to feature in the clash and says he would prefer to battle for a first-team place at United this season rather than further his footballing education on loan somewhere else.
One of Fergie’s final acts before retiring was to give the 18-year-old Belgian a squad number and he made the bench for the Red Devils’ 5-5 draw at West Brom in the final game of the season.
The winger made a big impression in the opening game of the Far East Tour, a 1-0 defeat by the Singha All Stars in Bangkok.
Januzaj said: “My target is to try and get some games for the first team.
“I have not spoken to the manager about it yet but I would prefer to do that rather than go out on loan.
“That is what I came here for — everyone wants to play for Manchester United.”
Ferguson plucked Januzaj from the Anderlecht academy in 2011 and he is the latest on a long list of exciting Belgian talent to emerge in the last few years.
He admitted: “I don’t know why so many Belgian players are doing well — it is just a generation that has come through.
“The national team is certainly doing very well at the moment.
“For the first few months when I came here it was very hard. But gradually my English started to improve and now I feel confident and happy to be with the players, and in particular Ryan Giggs.
“Every time I need to ask something I go to Giggs. He helps me quite a lot.”