Moyes’ men can look to annihilation of Roma in 2007 as inspiration for Olympiakos comeback
Manchester United face the uphill task of turning around a 2-0 deficit for tonight’s return fixture against Olympiakos at Old Trafford.
No side in the history of the Champions League has ever come back from two-goals down to progress in the knock-out stages of the tournament. But Manchester United are more than capable of winning this evening, and by some margin.
United must look to their annihilation of Roma in 2007 as inspiration to make history. The reds returned from Rome 2-1 down on aggregate in the quarter-finals of the competition, only to smash the Italian outfit 7-1 on the night.
The United squad contains five members of the players on show that night, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney.
Manager David Moyes arguably has a greater squad at his disposal than the one of seven years ago. He has a better out-and-out striker in Robin van Persie to pair with Rooney, and can accommodate for no Cristiano Ronaldo with several attacking options.
To put it simply, United are better equipped than they were that evening to make a comeback, and their opposition are weaker too. The Roma squad that were obliterated then contained a younger, stronger Francesco Totti, along with the likes of an in-form Mirko Vučinić and Phillipe Mexes. They had the tools that Olympiakos simply don’t have, and for that reason United can dispose easily of their Greek opponents.
The suggestion that United can win by seven or more may be somewhat optimistic. Every game is different, and United were enjoying a far better season that year under Sir Alex Ferguson than they are currently in Moyes’ first.
But we are all still waiting for the massive performance from United under the new manager. The win at home against Arsenal and the demolition of Leverkusen on the road form half-hearted appeals as big performances from Moyes. This is different.
Pull through tonight and Moyes can finally earn some credit. He would have made Champions League history and miraculously turned around a dressing room that looked so clueless in the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. Champions League football is all United have left in this miserable season of theirs.
Tonight they must go all out, they have nothing to lose. The likes of Rooney and Van Persie must take the game by the scruff of the neck and ensure they remain in Europe. After all, it will more than likely be the last they play of it for a at least one season.
Winning is the only option, and they are capable of handing out another Champions League belting to a poor Olympiakos side.