Football: Moyes urges United to raise game in last 16

Football: Moyes urges United to raise game in last 16

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom - Manchester United manager David Moyes says that his team need to sharpen up their act before they can be considered one of the favourites to win the Champions League.

United will avoid several European heavyweights in next week's draw for the last 16 after edging Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 at Old Trafford on Tuesday to finish top of Group A.

Phil Jones scored the game's only goal - the first United had scored at Old Trafford in exactly a month - as they got back to winning ways following successive home defeats by Everton and Newcastle United.

While their form in Europe has been in stark contrast to their domestic struggles, with four wins and two draws from their six group matches, Moyes knows that there remains significant room for improvement.

"The club itself could easily be classed as one of the favourites, but we all know that as a team we have to improve if we're going to keep progressing in the competition," he said.

"But hopefully we've given ourselves the best chance by winning the group." He added: "You want to try and win the group. It was a difficult group and a lot has been said (of the fact) that I was inexperienced in the Champions League, so to have my first real experience, I'm happy to top the group."

United have laboured in the defence of their Premier League title, losing five of their first 15 games, but they have impressed in Europe, notably beating Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 and 5-0.

Moyes, who never experienced the group stage during his 11-year tenure at Everton, admits he is at a loss to explain the disparity.

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