If there’s one glaring stumbling block in Manchester United’s apparent Champions League bid this season, it’s undoubtedly David Moyes.
The Scot has come under a wealth of criticism this season, in some parts justified and others not, but even he would be willing to admit that his novice status in European football is an inevitable thorn in the Red Devils’ proverbial side.
During his Goodison Park days, the United gaffer qualified for the Champions League just once, and failed to make it to the tournament’s proper.
Admittedly, Roberto Di Matteo defied the odds when he led Chelsea to European glory in 2012, in what was his first managerial experience of Champions League football.
But the chances of Moyes replicating that feat are incredibly slim, and even from disappointing Group Stage performances against Shaktar Donetsk and Real Sociedad – where the Old Trafford side recorded just four shots on target combined from their away visits to both Group A opposition – it’s quite clear the former Toffees boss still has a lot to learn.
Liverpool’s 2005 title capture was masterminded by Rafa Benitez, who has already won the UEFA Cup with Valencia the year previous.