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Moyes, United welcome All Star challenge

The new Manchester United boss is eager to tackle Ange Postecoglou's All Stars at ANZ Stadium, as the English Premier League champions' pre-season campaign steps up a gear

Manchester United manager David Moyes is looking forward to taking on the best Australia has to offer, but the pressure of being entrusted with Sir Alex Ferguson's legacy is never far away.

English Premier League champions United arrived in Sydney on Sunday for the next leg of their pre-season tour, with the inaugural A-League All Stars team their next opponents in a sold-out clash at ANZ Stadium next Saturday.

Moyes, who took over from Ferguson at the end of last season, is well-acquainted with the fighting qualities Australian footballers possess, having coached Tim Cahill and Lucas Neill at Everton.

He is likely to be less than familiar with Ange Postecoglou's representative line-up, but is nevertheless expecting a tough encounter.

"[I'm] looking forward to the game," he said.

"Big game, big crowd - it should be a good night."

"I know some of the Australian players from the past. Tim Cahill, who is obviously not playing in this game ... I knew Lucas Neill when he had a sort spell with me at Everton as well. So I know quite a few of the Aussie players.

"I'm sure the Aussie players will be a bit more in free flow than we are. I think when you play Manchester United everybody wants to beat them.

"Every game for Manchester United is important ... but I would always say the most important game is the first game back against Swansea City. That's the real one we want to get ourselves ready for.

"We'll try to do everything we possibly can to show you how good a football team and a football club we are."

"If you're picking the best from the A-League we know it's going to be a tough test for us as well."

Looking ahead, Moyes is well aware of the burden of expectation weighing down upon him, as he seeks to replace the man who turned United into one of the most successful teams ever during 27 years in charge at Old Trafford.

"Our objectives for the season ahead are no different from what any Manchester United objectives would be - to win as many trophies as possible," he said.

"It's my first season as manager of Manchester United. I'm following probably the finest football manager that's ever lived. If I could even win a quarter of what he won I've done very well.

"The first thing I've got to do is settle in to the job, get to know everybody and find my own way around ... everyone at the club has been making that as easy as possible for me, the players especially have been terrific."

Having lost 1-0 to a Thai All Stars team in Bangkok on Saturday, United veteran Ryan Giggs is hoping to get back to winning ways against the All Stars, as well as continue some intensive conditioning work ahead of the 2013-14 season.

"Pre-season is a tough time for players, just getting your fitness (back)," he said.

"To play against a quality team, we're looking forward to it. Full stadium and we hope to improve on last night's performance and result."

When asked where Giggs, 39, finds the energy to keep coming back for more pre-season punishment year after year, the evergreen Welshman said: "I'm crazy aren't I? I'm enjoying it just as much as I did 20 years ago - it's as simple as that. Every year is a bonus for me."

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