Manchester United v Olympiakos: LINEUPS and Preview

Manchester United:

De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Welbeck; Rooney, van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Fellaini, Fletcher, Januzaj, Kagawa, Young, Hernandez.


Roberto, Maniatis, Holebas, Manolas, Marcano, Salino, N’Dinga, Perez, Fuster, Campbell, D’guez



After another humiliating defeat against Liverpool at the weekend, Manchester United seek to rescue something from their season.

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David Moyes has cut an isolated figure in recent weeks as pressure continues to mount on his position

Long gone are the days where the home tie in a Champions League match for Manchester United seemed like an almost guaranteed victory. After recent performances, it is quite possible that United will go out to Olympiakos, a side who have never troubled the Reds in Europe before. There is of course,a side story to this match. Viewed in isolation, it would be a disappointment for United to go out at this stage of the competition, but combine that with their league position and lack of involvement in the domestic trophies, and the calls for David Moyes to be replaced grow louder and louder.

“My future has not changed one bit. I have a great job. I have a six-year contract. This club does not work on short-term vision, it works on a long-term vision.”

David Moyes (BBC Sport)

It goes without saying that Moyes’ side can turn the tie on its head. It only takes Rooney or van Perise to have a good day and they could progress. However, 2-0 down against a side that will be pumped up knowing qualification would arguably be one of their biggest results ever in the tournament, and a United side that look bereft of ideas this season, suddenly 2-0 seems like quite a large margin.


Man United

  • Juan Mata is ineligible
  • Nani and Javier Hernandez have both returned to training but are unlikely to feature
  • Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are both unlikey to play a part


  • Nelson Valdez is back to full fitness
  • Defender Ivan Marcano is a doubt


Man United

Man United 0 – 3 Liverpool
West Brom
0 – 3 Man United
Olympiakos 2 – 0 Man United
Crystal Palace
0 – 2 Man United
Arsenal 0 – 0 Man United


Olympiakos 2 – 0 P. Komotini
2 – 1 Olympiakos
0 – 3 Panathinaikos
2 – 0 Man United
O. Crete
0 – 4 Olympiakos


Olympiakos 2 – 0 Man United
2 – 3 Man United
Man United
4 – 0 Olympiakos
Man United
3 – 0 Olympiakos
0 – 2 Man United


  • Wayne Rooney is Britain’s all time leading goalscorer in the Champions League
  • Man Utd have scored 548 goals in UEFA competitions and conceded 299
  • Man Utd have a 100% home record in the Champions League this season

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Posted on 19 Mar 2014, in Player Selection and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hilariously bad side – regardless of the outcome.

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