David Moyes has challenged his Manchester United players to start well
David Moyes has challenged his Manchester United players to go head-to-head with their title rivals from the off.
Last Updated: 26/07/13 9:26am
Moyes must pit his wits against Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, north-west rivals Liverpool and his Manchester rivals City after an opening-day trip to Swansea at the start of the club's Premier League trophy defence.
"Manchester United is a great football club that has been successful most years," said the Scot at the launch of the club's new away kit.
"The biggest strategy we have is to continue that. We want to be winners and with the group of players I have, I am sure that will happen."
The Scot, after an inauspicious start at the helm of his new club with two defeats from three games, confirmed Robin van Persie after the Dutchman suffered a thigh injury during Tuesday's defeat by should be involved against Cerezo Osaka on Friday despite a thigh problem.
The same assessment was made of Danny Welbeck, who trained in humid conditions, but Michael Carrick and Jonny Evans were not involved with the main group.
Evans had an ice-pack applied to his ankle at one point, whilst Carrick was restricted to running only, although he appeared to be going at a fair pace.
"Michael had a tight groin," said Moyes. "He is feeling better now. He probably won't figure (Friday) but he should be OK to resume training at the weekend."
Moyes has been boosted by the news from United's training ground in Carrington with captain Nemanja Vidic and unsettled striker Wayne Rooney nearing fitness.
"There was a practice match at the training ground the other day in which Nemanja Vidic, Antonio Valencia and Nani all got some playing time," he said.
"Wayne Rooney is running and is probably at the level we would have thought he would be. He has picked up his work again this week."