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.

Olympiakos:

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

Subs:

 

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.

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TEAM NEWS

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

Olympiakos

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

FORM GUIDE

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

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

HEAD to HEAD

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

STATISTICS

  • 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 March 19, 2014, in Player Selection and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hilariously bad side – regardless of the outcome.

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