Rooney's record key to Champions League fight tonight at Manchester United

Manchester United take on Olympiakos tonight in the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils will be hoping to overturn a two-goal deficit suffered in the first leg in Athens against the Greek champions but David Moyes can count on Wayne Rooney to pull out all the stops tonight – the England No.10 is the highest scoring British player in the competition holding a record of 30 goals across 10 seasons in the continent’s most prestigious and elite test.

Furthermore, the 28-year-old who has been at the club for a decade since joining from Everton in 2004 also has the most assists in the competition this term. Rooney has scored two of his 30 goals this term in the Champions League and added six assists which is more assists than his former teammate and United legend Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo and more than four-time Ballon d’Or winner Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

The Red Devils can surely expect nothing short of 100 per cent commitment tonight from their leader and fans’ favourite in front of the home crowd – whilst a number of their first-team regulars have underperformed under David Moyes this term, the opposite can be said of Rooney.

The England international struggled to find form and confidence last term in what ended up being Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge at Old Trafford, retiring after 26 years but this season Moyes’ best performer has been the resurgent Rooney who will be the key to unlocking Olympiakos this evening.

The former Everton youngster who developed under Moyes at Goodison Park has averaged an assist for United every 82.3 minutes in the Champions League this term – he has either scored or created a goal every 61.7 minutes against the top teams in Europe and Moyes will need his star man to shine bright tonight.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch