Inter chief gunning for Man United and Bayern Munich

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New Inter owner Erick Thohir believes the Nerazzurri should be able to compete on a level with Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

Indonesian investor Erick Thohir watched his first Inter game this afternoon and insists that his side should be up with the best in Europe.

Thohir has taken over majority ownership of Inter from long-term President Massimo Moratti and will be hoping for an improvement from the team.

Inter had a slow start to the season and have already lost crucial ground on Serie A's leaders Juventus and Roma.

Thohir is expected to open his wallet in January to bring in reinforcements for coach Walter Mazzarri and left no doubts about the size of his ambitions.

"We have to get to the point where we can compete with Manchester United and Bayern Munich," Thohir said on Sky.

Thohir met the Inter players at their Pinetina training ground yesterday ahead of today's clash with Sampdoria.

"I told the lads to play with heart - it's crucial to show heart when you go out to play," he explained.

"Talent is not enough, you always need to fight. I hope we can beat Sampdoria and we need to win but you can't underestimate your opponents and you need to be ready to struggle."

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