Manchester United earned an easy win over Aston Villa today, and manager David Moyes has claimed that his side is now ready for the challenge of facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
The Red Devils claimed their first win in the league at home since January as goals from Juan Mata, Chicharito and two from Wayne Rooney ensured the hosts came from behind to defeat Paul Lambert’s side at Old Trafford.
Moyes is now relishing Tuesday’s meeting with Champions League favourites Bayern. He told BT Sport: “I’m really looking forward to it: The Champions League quarter-finals. At the start if you said we’d get to the quarters then great but we want to be in the semi-final and then the final. “
“But we’ve got a big tough game against probably the best side around. But bring the challenge on and coming to old Trafford is not easy for any side.”
The Scot has endured mounting pressure after a poor first season in charge at Old Trafford, with the fly-over protest seen today above the stadium surely a very difficult moment for the former Everton boss.
But he remains defiant, and was delighted with the support the team received from the majority of the fans
“I’ve been saying all the time I’ve been here the crowd have been great,” continued Moyes,
“We didn’t start well but the crowd were great. Every fan I bump into they tell me they know exactly what it’s like at Man United.”
“The fourth goal is the type I’ve been looking to score. Adnan [Januzaj] weaving away and it was a great cross. You want to be excited by the football you see and the fourth goal excited me.”
Moyes also praised Wayne Rooney’s performance, saying: “He’s a top player and he’s been great since the start of the season.
“I said after the game if you keep scoring two goals a game then it’s going to give us a great chance of doing much better. His form and the way he’s playing has been great.”
Juan Mata scored his first goal in United shirt and Moyes had a praise for him as well.
He said: “Everyone knows what he’s capable of but he needed a goal because it’s a big part of his game and it’s a reason we signed him because he scores goals.
“He’s been instrumental in a lot of our good play and I think he’s played really well in recent weeks.”