Moyes: United must maintain good position

Manchester United manager David Moyes has not had time to start Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography - but he has picked up valuable lessons from his fellow Scot.

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When he checked in at Manchester Airport for the flight to Spain ahead of Tuesday's Champions League encounter with Real Sociedad, Moyes was pictured with a copy of Ferguson's account of life in the Old Trafford hotseat in his hand luggage.

Once Moyes gets around to thumbing his way through it, he will find an insight into how Ferguson liked to defend his players.

And, while it might not be in the book, Moyes would not have to look too far elsewhere to discover Ferguson talking about reaching a 10-point watermark he regarded as essential for qualification into the Champions League knockout phase.

As he observed the state of a Group A campaign in which his side have collected seven points from their opening three matches, it seems Moyes would regard victory as job done with two games to spare.

Not that he is taking his eye off opponents who have lost every match so far.

"I certainly won't take anything for granted," Moyes said.

"I have a lot of respect for Sociedad, and we will have to play well on Tuesday if we are going to get those 10 points which will get us over the line.

"But we have got ourselves in a good position in the group and we have to try to maintain that."

United go into the game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions and after recording back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time since Moyes took charge.

Moyes reported positive news on the injury front, saying: "We don't have a lot of injuries. It's probably the best Manchester United have had for a long time."

Nevertheless, Jonny Evans, Rafael and Tom Cleverley, who were substituted in Saturday's 3-1 win at Fulham with back and ankle injuries and double vision respectively, remained in Manchester.

Sociedad coach Jagoba Arrasate is out to give United a scare on Tuesday night.

Although their domestic form has improved, with seven points and 10 goals in three games since they were beaten at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, Sociedad will start rank outsiders.

They are yet to collect a point in the present European campaign and know another defeat could even end their hopes of nabbing a Europa League consolation prize by finishing third.

But Arrasate is remaining upbeat.

"A lot has been said about this transition period but Manchester United are still very powerful," he said.

"They have been struggling a bit in the Premier League but they are coming back now. They are the current champions.

"It is the same squad. They have a lot of potential and they are still a great team.

"But we have played better in our last two games. And we can play better than we did at Old Trafford.

"We have nothing to fear and if we play our cards right, we can give them a scare."

Sociedad will certainly be paying plenty of attention to Adnan Januzaj, should the 18-year-old make his European debut in the Anoeta.

Januzaj has made a big impression in Premier League combat this term, underlining why there has been such a scramble to claim his international commitment.

"I didn't know a lot about him before but we have studied him now," Arrasate said.

"He is a young player who is very decisive at times.

"He is very quick and has a great future. But there is a lot of competition for places at Manchester United, so we will see."

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