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Lucescu questions Moyes' rotation

Created on Oct. 01, 2013 2:56 PM EST

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu feels Manchester United's slow start to the season may be due to excessive squad rotation.

New United boss David Moyes has endured a tough beginning to life at Old Trafford, having seen his side collect just seven points from their six Premier League games.

The English champions travel to face their Ukrainian counterparts in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, and Lucescu feels the Scot could achieve better results if he settled on a definitive first XI.

However, the Romanian insisted Moyes should be given the opportunity to impose his way of managing on his squad.

"In the Ukrainian championship we are not rotating the squad as much about United so maybe that is why we have been more secure," Lucescu said.

"Our players must be very determined and show their quality because we're expecting a cauldron in our stadium.

"Of course we know about the work of Moyes at Everton. But he needs time to share some ideas with the players.

"(Carlo) Ancelotti has some problems taking over, (Jose) Mourinho and (Manuel) Pellegrini the same - you need some time to prepare the team. Let's hope they find it - but only after tomorrow's game."

The fixture at the Donbass Arena sees the Group A leaders go head-to-head, after Shakhtar got their campaign under way with a 2-0 win at Real Sociedad while United beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 at Old Trafford on matchday one. 

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