David Moyes casts doubt on United`s European hopes

Last Updated: Sep 30, 2013, 00:49 AM IST

Manchester United manager David Moyes says his team does not possess enough "world-class players" to mount a serious challenge for Champions League success this season.

United have lost three of their first six games in the Premier League since Moyes succeeded Alex Ferguson, with Saturday`s 2-1 loss at home to West Bromwich Albion leaving them in 12th place in the table.

It represents the club`s worst start to a league season since 1989.

Moyes missed out on targets including Cesc Fabregas, Leighton Baines and Ander Herrera during the close-season transfer window, and he is now worried that his team will come up short in European competition.

"To win the Champions League, you need five or six world-class players," he told the Sunday editions of several British newspapers.

"Look at Bayern Munich; they have it. Look at Barcelona, who had it in the past and Real Madrid, who have maybe got it now.

"That`s the level you have to be at to win it. We`ve not got that yet, but what we have got is experience."

United opened their Champions League campaign with a 4-2 home win over German side Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month.

They visit Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk for their second Group A fixture on Wednesday.