Manchester United's chances of reaching quarterfinals are slim, says a data cruncher, as the club trail 2-0 after Arsenal wonderkid netted for Olympiacos.
A renowned Twitter-based statistician has calculated that, after coming unstuck in an underwhelming 2-0 loss to Olympiacos at the Karaiskakis Stadium on Tuesday, February 25, Manchester United now have an 18% chance of progressing through to the quarterfinal of the Champions League.
Goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Arsenal starlet Joel Campbell either side of the half consigned United to an abysmal 2-0 defeat, with United looking tactically inept.
United, therefore, have to score at least two when the return leg takes place at Old Trafford on Wednesday, March 19, however, Mister Chip informed his social media followers that only 113 of 645 teams who have lost 2-0 away from home have gone on to claim victory in the second leg, at their own ground.
There is hope for the club, though, as while United have not overturned a 2-0 margin in Europe's premier club competition for 57 years, they did do just that in the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1984 when they overcame a first leg deficit.
532 teams (out of 645) winning 2-0 at home in the 1st leg have progressed to the next round in European competition (18% chance for United)— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) February 25, 2014
OLY 2-0 MNU (FT) - It's been 57 years since Manchester United last survived a Champions Cup tie after losing 1st leg by a 2-goal margin.— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) February 25, 2014
Since the away-goal rule was set, United have only tried to survive a 2-0 defeat in the 1st leg once... and they got it (vs Barça, CWC 1984)— MisterChip (English) (@MisterChiping) February 25, 2014
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