Football: Bayer's Kruse targets strong start at United

Football: Bayer's Kruse targets strong start at United
Brazil's Neymar (R) challenges Australia's Robbie Kruse during their international friendly soccer match in Brasilia September 7, 2013.

BERLIN - Australia's Robbie Kruse has said Bayer Leverkusen need to hit the ground running at Manchester United's Old Trafford on Tuesday to build some Champions League momentum.

The 24-year-old joined Sami Hyypia's Leverkusen in July from Fortuna Duesseldorf and admits it would be a dream come true to make his Champions League debut against David Moyes' United.

"We are in a difficult group, it's important to start well and this is a tough test, everyone knows how strong Manchester United are, but we have the talent," Kruse told AFP.

"If we stick to the game plan, hopefully we can get a good result."

Having come off the bench in Leverkusen's last two Bundesliga matches, Kruse is eager to play on Old Trafford's hallowed turf and make his Champions League debut at the "Theatre of Dreams".

"It'll be wonderful just to be in the stadium and to be on the bench and it'll be excellent if I get the chance to come on," he said.

United's star strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney both netted in Saturday's 2-0 league win over Crystal Palace as Moyes earned his first home win since succeeding Alex Ferguson.

But Kruse said the Leverkusen squad are relishing the challenge.

"The boys are up for it. We have a great opportunity to show how good Bayer Leverkusen are and hopefully I can be a part of that," he said.

"United are an excellent side on paper, it may be a time of adjustment for them with a new manager, but they still have world-class players with plenty of strength up front."

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