United star hopes to intimidate Olympiacos: It worked with Mourinho!

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Manchester United full-back Rafael has called on the club's match-going fans to provide them with a vital 12th man.

One year ago, Manchester United lost their Champions League Round of 16 clash by an aggregate score of 3-2 after Real Madrid defeated the Old Trafford side by 2-1 in the second leg at Old Trafford in what was Sir Alex Ferguson's last game in charge of a European tie.

Prior to the match, though, the United support combined to create a Kodak moment due to the mosiacs coordinated before the fans took to their seats in Stretford.

While those surrounding the club will be hoping their first knockout clash in Europe this season contains a different result, the players are again calling on their fans to create an atmosphere… perhaps not one high on photographic aesthetics but, rather, one that will intimidate their visitors; Olympiacos, who will be looking to preserve their 2-0 advantage thanks to their triumph in Greece last month.

Reflecting on the "best atmosphere" he "ever played in" to the club's official website, right back Rafael da Silva spoke of the support provided to the team during that match: "When Nani was sent off, the supporters were crazy good and I had never seen anything like that before. It was the best atmosphere I have ever played in. It showed exactly what they can do. They can push you on and help the team going forward."

Since then, United have twice hosted Chelsea, losing 1-0 in May at the end of last season and drawing 0-0 with the Blues at the start of this campaign.

Rafael believes that if their 12th man can make the confident Jose Mourinho retreat to the away dugout then it is feasible they can encumber Olympiacos with their raucousness: "I expect [the fans] to do it again and their noise could intimidate Olympiacos.

"I remember Jose Mourinho going back to the bench when they sang: ‘Sit down, Mourinho’. So if Mourinho was intimidated by our fans, imagine how the Olympiacos players might react!"

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