Moyes press conference ahead of Olympiacos tie: "A difficult night ahead..."

Manchester United boss David Moyes has spoken to the media about his side's upcoming Champions League tie with Olympiacos.

Moyes spoke alongside Wayne Rooney in Greece this evening, and stated that the Red Devils will be without Phil Jones and Jonny Evans for Tuesday night's fixture, which means Chris Smalling is likely to continue at right back, and the revival of the Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand partnership in the heart of the United defence will get another game.

“Jones and Evans haven't travelled. Everybody else is here,” the United boss told reporters. “I'm looking forward to the game. I was fortunate to watch Arsenal and Bayern Munich and I really enjoy Champions League games."

Moyes also made reference to just how good Olympiacos are at home, and the Red Devils can expect a hostile atmosphere in Athens, as the Olympiacos fans watched their team get through a tough group that included European giants Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica.

“To get through was first and foremost important. To win the group was an added edge. Now I'm looking forward to this one. It's a really tough game, Olympiacos have a good record here and we know, over the tie, we'll have to play well to qualify."

"Olympiacos did very well against PSG and Benfica. They came through a difficult group, they have a great home record here. We know it will be a difficult night. They have a big support. It's far from an easy match," added the former Everton manager.

It's interesting to see Moyes play down a fixture against the Greek side, particularly as they have the perceivably "easiest" tie of the English sides in the competition, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City taking on Bayern Munich, Galatasaray and Barcelona respectively.

Many United fans have been disgruntled with how Moyes conducts himself in press conferences, suggesting that it's as if he still believes he is managing Everton rather than a bigger club like Manchester United. His comments about Olympiacos give a lot of respect to the Greek side, but would United supporters prefer him to attack the game with more confidence? 

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