In over 20 years, Manchester United haven’t experience anything like the current struggle that they find themselves in.
David Moyes’ side returned from Greece after the 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in the Champions’ League, and rumours began to circulate that Moyes was on the verge of being sacked. On Wednesday afternoon, speaking to Radio station RMC, French international Patrice Evra defended the former Everton boss, declaring that he still has the support of the players.
"There was a big change, it must be digested - nobody likes change. The team played for over 28 years with Alex Ferguson."
"We are behind the new manager, and we will do everything to qualify for next year's Champions League."
He declared that his love for the club would never change, no matter what happened this season. That is the sort of spirit that Moyes needs if he is to turn this situation around at Old Trafford. Unfortunately the performances and results are continually going against him. Evra and the players may be behind him, but he is slowly losing the belief of the fans.
The Premier League champions will need to win be three clear goals if they want to advance in this years' Champions League. It is of course a difficult task, but one in which the team is fully capable of.
Their opponents away record is far from perfect, with Olympiakos having won three and drawn one of the last nine away games.
The worrying stat for Moyes is that Michel’s side have only failed to score in two of those nine matches, against Borussia Dortmund and Schalke. This is the exactly the type of situation where Moyes will need his experienced players, like Evra, to be at their very best. Keeping a clean sheet is vital to turning around the 2-0 result, it is then up to the forwards to grab an early goal and get the crowd into the game.
The last time Olympiakos travelled to England, they lost 3-1 to Arsenal in 2012, the same result would see the Greeks advance. Kostas Mitroglou scored the away goal in that game, he now plays for Fulham.
Now they must stop Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell from finding the net at Old Trafford. Anything but an overall victory for Manchester United and Evra and his teammates will find it increasingly hard to digest what is going on at the club.