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David Moyes returns to the Champions League for the first time in eight years when he leads his Manchester United side out against Bayern Leverkusen at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The former Everton led Everton to the brink of the group stages back in 2005 but has failed to feature in Europe’s premier competition since, until now.
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Ahead of his first experience of European nights at Old Trafford Moyes is sweating on the fitness of Danny Welbeck and Phil Jones. England striker Welbeck is struggling with a knee injury is almost certain to miss out while right back Jones is also a major doubt with an ankle injury.
Rafael should return to the squad after training with the first team following a hamstring injury while Shinja Kagawa has recovered from the virus that ruled him out of the win over Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj will not be involved after United decided to wait until October 7 to register the 18 year old, by which time he will have been at Old Trafford for two years and be eligible for the UEFA B list.
Marouane Fellaini is likely to make his Champions league debut for the Red Devils from the bench with Wayne Rooney playing behind Robin Van Persie.
United will be very familiar with the man in the Leverkusen dugout, former Liverpool defender Sami Hyppia.
The giant Finn spent 10 years at Anfield before moving to Germany and the 39 year old is aware of the task that his side face, despite United’s slow start to the season.
“It is not the first year they have started slowly,” said Hyypia.
“They are at home, they have bigger experience in the Champions League and the pressure is on them.
“We are more relaxed but we must make sure we do not show them too much respect.
“David Moyes is an experienced manager though.
“Everyone should give him more time to get things running. I just hope it doesn’t happen tomorrow.”
Hyppia will be without the services of injured duo Jens Hegeler and Gonzalo Castro however Lars Bender and last season’s Bundesliga top scorer Stefan Kiessling should be fit to start.