Five key observations from Man United's defeat at Olympiakos

Tom Cleverley

There are plenty of things to discuss following Manchester United's defeat at Olympiakos.

Manchester United fell to a humiliating defeat last night away at Olympiakos which leaves David Moyes’ men with it all to do in the second leg at Old Trafford.

United will back themselves to win that match but they need to improve in a number of areas if they aren’t going to be put out of the competition they need to win to have a chance of Champions League football next season.

Here are five key observations from the match last night.

Ferdinand and Vidic

Still a very experienced and productive pair that they are past the point where they can play together for two games in a row.

Ferdinand looked tired while Vidic started the match superbly but as good as the Serbian is, he can’t carry the heart of United’s central defence all on his own.

Antonio Valencia

Really needs to work on his final ball.

His pace is as quick as anyone else around but his final ball once he finds space beyond the full back is appalling. This was demonstrated perfectly when he sliced a cross towards the middle of the stand in the first-half.

Where was Januzaj?

Adnan Januzaj didn’t even make the match day squad which is a mystery because he’s one of the few United players who can make things happen in the middle of the team.

David Moyes clearly wants to protect his young winger but in a match where United only had one shot on target, he could have made the difference and bagged a vital away goal.


United had 60% of possession during the game last night but had the look of a team which was being outplayed all over the pitch.

There needs to be more drive and penetration from the midfield, which unfortunately is something that the ineligible Juan Mata could have provided.

Michael Carrick held the midfield together but Tom Cleverley needs to do more when he’s next to him to move the ball forward and create chances.

Ashley Young

Far too predictable over on the left hand side.

Doesn’t seem to have the ability to do anything other than dragging the ball back to whip in a cross on his right foot and looks for Patrice Evra to overlap far too often.

He needs to be more prepared to drive at the full back, pushing the defender back.

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