After losing to West Brom on Saturday, Man United's third loss in their last four Premier League matches this season, manager David Moyes admitted to being concerned about his team. Now with a Champions League group-stage match against Shakhtar Donetsk up next, Moyes has gone full-on Davey Downer in assessing his team's chances of winning the competition.
From the Telegraph:
“To win the Champions League, you have to have five or six world class players,” Moyes said, ahead of the away tie against the Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday. “If you look at Bayern Munich, they have five or six nearly world-class players. Look at Barcelona, who had it in the past and Real Madrid have maybe got it now. That’s the level you have to get at to win it.
“We’ve not got that yet but what we have got is experience and several players who are in that category or close to it.”
Moyes went on to suggest that they were a couple of players short of that "five or six" world class players needed to become European champions. But maybe the bigger problem is the manager and maybe even the chief executive and not the players. Instead of signing all the players he needed, Moyes and Ed Woodward wasted their time pursuing Cesc Fabregas, Sami Khedira (and maybe even Gareth Bale) and taking longer to sign Marouane Fellaini than was necessary while also failing to get Leighton Baines.
If Moyes doesn't have the players he needs or if he doesn't think he even has a chance at winning the Champions League with the reigning Premier League champions, then he needs to start making their statements while looking in the mirror instead of to the press.