Leverkusen have little to lose against Man United: Son Heung-Min

Sep 17, 2013, 00:52 IST | AFP

South Korea's Son Heung-Min has said the pressure will be off Bayer Leverkusen tonight at Manchester United with coach David Moyes under the spotlight in his first Champions League match.

Son says Leverkusen have little to lose with the focus on Moyes at Old Trafford as he begins the next chapter in United’s proud European history having succeeded the legendary Alex Ferguson.

Son Heung-Min
Bayer Leverkusen’s Son Heung-Min

“The mood is good in the Bayer squad and we don’t have much to lose in England,” the 21-year-old striker told AFP.

“Manchester United are the clear favourites. That’s not the worst position to go into a game and it’s obviously a great start for us. Old Trafford is one of the most famous stadiums in the world and Manchester United are one of the world’s biggest clubs.

“United haven’t had perhaps the best start to the season, but there is no need to discuss the quality of the trainer and the team. David Moyes coached Everton for years, he has plenty of Premier League experience and he has got a world-class team. It is going to be special to play there, for sure,” he added.

While there will be lots of interest in Bayer, Son says there is no pressure to emulate their Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who contested May’s Champions League final.

“No one would expect that from us and we’d be well advised not to build castles in the sky and just take it one step at a time,” he said.

“We want to play at the top of the Bundesliga, the way Bayer did last season, and in the Champions League, we want to get through the group phase. That will be hard enough with Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk and Real Sociedad in our group.”

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