Manchester United latest: Olympiakos team news & Reus rumours

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Manchester United take on Olympiakos in the Champions League this evening, kicking off at 7.45pm GMT in Athens.

In team news, United are without defenders Phil Jones and Jonny Evans for the first leg of their last-16 tie tonight against the Greek champions.

Record signing Juan Mata is cup-tied and ineligible for selection by manager David Moyes.

However, Danny Welbeck is set to return to the side tonight having recovered from his knee injury.

No.10 Wayne Rooney hopes United can ‘do a Chelsea’ by winning the competition to qualify for the Champions League next season. The Blues were crowned champions of Europe in 2011/12 and qualified despite finishing in 6th place in the Premier League.

“The year Chelsea won, they nearly went out of the competition three times, so you have to keep going whether we get the right result or not,” Rooney said.

However, Olympiakos boss Michel believes United could ‘buckle’ under the pressure this evening.

“We know there's lots at stake for Manchester United in this match," the Spaniard said.

"We know Manchester United are not allowed to make any mistakes due to their position in the Premier League and we have to say probably this kind of situation may weigh too much on their players' shoulders.”

"It could be an incentive to them or it could be a burden on their shoulders,” he added.

Former United goalkeeper Roy Carroll also noted yesterday that the pressure is on United and not his current club Olympiakos.

United target Diego Costa is ‘expected to stay’ at Atletico Madrid according to the Spanish giants’ president Enrique Cezero.

"I do not think Diego Costa is going to leave Atletico at the end of the coming year," he said.

Elsewhere, David Moyes could ‘swoop’ for Germany internationals Toni Kroos and Marco Reus with the same reports linking the Red Devils with interest in Paris Saint-Germain star Lucas Moura ahead of the summer transfer window.

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