Five facts about Manchester United's opponents Olympiacos

Champions League

Lets have a closer look at Manchester United's Champions League last-16 opponents

 What do we know about the Greek outfit? 

1) Olympiacos are the most successful Greek side ever with an impressive 40 league titles to their name. They are well on course to gain their 41st title this season, as they are currently an incredible 20 points clear in the Greek Super League. Undefeated domestically, Olympiacos have only suffered two losses all season, both to Paris Saint-Germain.

2)  The Greeks lost their top marksman, Kostas Mitroglou, to Fulham in January and will be without star man Javier Saviola, due to injury, for their clash against Manchester United. Although it may seem that they are lacking firepower, David Moyes will have to keep an eye out for underused Marko Šcepovic, who was brought on to replace the injured Saviola against OFI Crete on Saturday and bagged a quick-fire hat-trick. 

3) The Karaiskakis Stadium is home to Olympiacos and the Greece national team. The ground has a capacity of 33,334 and estimated cost was €60,000,000. Chelsea won their first piece of European silverware at the Karaiskakis in the 1971 European Cup Winners' Cup final against Real Madrid, thanks to the iconic Peter Osgood. Olympiacos have won their last three home games against English opposition - all against Arsenal. The Greek oufit have only once appeared in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, back when the top two from the group stages went straight into the last eight.

4) Three British players have worn the Red and White of Olympiacos. Former Manchester United stopper Roy Carroll has been at the club since 2011 but has not made an appearance this season. In 1978, Derek Spence became the first ever British player to play for the Τhrylos, he went on to appear 21 times in his sole season in Greece. Former Blackburn Rovers striker Matt Derbyshire spent two seasons at the club and was nicknamed 'the English Killer' by the Greeks after he netted against Panathinaikos.

5) Michel, the former Real Madrid wide man, made over 400 appearances for Madrid and earned 70 caps for Spain. Known for his framed crossing ability, Michel, won six La Liga titles and two UFEA Cups. Michel replaced Leonardo Jardim as manager of Olympiacos. Jardim's sacking was controversial due the club leading the Greek league by 10 points at the time. Michel respectfully dedicated last year's Greek Super League title win to his predecessor.  

 

Will the Greek side pull off a famous win against David Moyes' Manchester United?

 

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