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Champions League: Keep your eyes on the ball, says David Moyes

With the mid-week Champions League clash with Bayern looming, Manchester United manager urges team to focus on tonight’s encounter against Newcastle United

Manchester: Manchester United manager David Moyes insists all his focus is on his team’s Premier League performance at Newcastle United following what he described as one of his best nights in football.


Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic (second from right) celebrates with Shinji Kagawa (right) after scoring their first goal against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford. Pic/Getty Images.

United’s 1-1 draw with Champions League title-holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday night breathed new life into their flagging season ahead of next week’s quarter-final second leg in Germany. The performance against the Bundesliga champions was one of United’s most effective under Moyes and, according to the former Everton manager, was a career highlight.

“It was a terrific performance from the players and an all-round really good night at Old Trafford,” said Moyes. “It was a special night as far as I am concerned, maybe one of the best ever games I have been involved in with football because of the atmosphere, the crowd and the standard of the opposition. But, more importantly, because of the performance the players put in.”

Moyes admits he now needs to balance out his team selection for today’s trip to Newcastle with the second leg in mind. But with seventh-placed United looking to end the season on a high and still chasing potential European qualification, he stressed that no-one can take their eye off the ball as they look to avenge a 0-1 defeat to Newcastle, their first for 41 years, at Old Trafford earlier this season.

“The only thing we are thinking about is the Newcastle game, the focus is all on Newcastle,” he added. “We have to go up there and put on a good performance and get three points, try to build a little bit of momentum towards the end of the season. We will go there and try to do that. Obviously I have got other things on the mind, but the focus is Newcastle and we will try to balance things out correctly.

Defenders Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are back in training and could figure at St James’ Park, but Ryan Giggs is doubtful with an injury picked up against Bayern.

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