The Scot is intent on taking in every detail of an opening tie against Bayer Leverkusen since it will mark the culmination of 15 years' worth of private, fermented ambition. He has longed to be at the helm of Manchester United, steering them through continental waters.
That his voyage will begin in Stretford tonight will allow Moyes to wade in at a comfortable temperature; the home support eager to afford their new manager a warm reception as he casts off into the Champions League. That will likely be appreciated given that Moyes' last flirtation with the tournament had him struggling against the tide, and his Everton team out of their depth as they succumbed in the qualifying phase.
"I am really looking forward to the Champions League," said the United manager, who is unable to field teenager Adnan Januzaj as his club have chosen to wait until October 7 to register him for European competition, by which time he can be named on the B list of youth players. "I have been there with Everton but we didn't quite make the group stages. I'm now managing a club which is used to getting close to the final stages and I will try and do that."
United might well feel as though they belong to the latter stages of the competition, but they might also have a certain reservation about kicking off their campaign at home. The Old Trafford side have lost four of their last six Champions League matches at home - most recently falling to a controversial defeat by Real Madrid last season.
"I have been to Old Trafford for the Champions League games and I am always amazed by the atmosphere," he said. "The players are already motivated because of the level of game it is and the competition it is. We will go in there and try and put on a good show and try and improve on that record."
Moyes spoke of improvement, too, in the progress of Darren Fletcher. The Scotland and United midfielder returned to full training last week following an extended absence as he copes with ulcerative colitis. The condition has restricted him to just 13 games since December 2011.
Fletcher was, however, named among the 25-man Barclays Premier League squad this season and his rehabilitation into a competitive environment is continuing apace. "Darren came back in on Thursday," said Moyes. "He's a long way away from being ready and we'll use the doctors' advice, but we'll give him little bits of football and just pick him up over the coming months. It looks as if he's on the road to recovery."