Manchester: David Moyes claimed that Manchester United could emulate Liverpool and Chelsea by winning the Champions League this season, despite admitting that the club would be outsiders in Friday’s quarter finals.
Despite United’s poor domestic form, which has left in seventh position in the Premier League, Moyes believes that his players could yet shock Europe by progressing to the final in Lisbon and winning the Champions League in the same unexpected manner as Liverpool in 2005 and Chelsea in 2012.
“I hope so,” Moyes said. “We probably now will go into it as underdogs in a lot of the games, I accept that. But hopefully we can win the title and I don’t see any reason why not. I think this club is capable of it. If we play to our capabilities, which we have not done too often this season, then I think we will be a match for any team.”
With holders Bayern Munich and Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid among the favourites, and well-fancied Atletico Madrid and PSG also likely to provide tough opposition, United’s best hope of progression would likely be a tie against Chelsea or an encounter with Borussia Dortmund.
Moyes lauded Ryan Giggs, whose inspirational display steered United to victory. He also became the oldest outfield player to take part in the competition’s knockout stages.
“I looked at the appearances in the programme before the game,” Moyes said, adding, “It’s incredible the amount of games he has played. I thought Giggsy was fantastic. The passes he made for the two goals and his general play.
“More importantly his general fitness. You think sometimes that he'd need to come off after 60 minutes but he’s a freak he really is. He’s something different,” he said.
“I just felt after the result to Liverpool I needed him to play a particular role in the centre of midfield for me which he knows and understands and he carried it out perfectly,” the United manager said.