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01/10/2013 08:59, Report by Ben Hibbs
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Reds made for Europe

Manchester United have a long and storied past in European football and Sir Bobby Charlton is keen to see that continue under Reds boss David Moyes.

The Reds got off to a winning start in Group A with a 4-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, but the Reds face the trickiest away trip of this group phase in Ukraine against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.

Sir Bobby made 28 appearances and scored ten goals in the competition as a player, and speaking in his ambassador's column in United Review, the matchday programme, ahead of the Leverkusen game he spoke of his and United's inherent association with the competition.

"My own memories of the Champions League go right back to when it was known as the European Cup, and our very first involvement in the competition," he wrote. "Manchester United led English football into Europe. Back then we were up against top-quality players and we couldn't wait for each game.

"The competition was made for Manchester United, for our mentality. We knew it was for us. What followed over the ensuing decades proved it, and the Champions League will continue to be a competition

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Continental continuity

“Manchester United led English football into Europe. The competition was made for Manchester United, for our mentality. We knew it was for us. What followed over the ensuing decades proved it, and the Champions League will continue to be a competition made for Manchester United.”

- Sir Bobby Charlton

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