Yaya: I know United well but I back Olympiacos!

Yaya Touré interview

Manchester City superstar tips his former club to claim a considerable Champions League scalp when they take on Manchester United.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, one of the standout Premier League performers this season with 13 goals and five assists in the division, has told his former club Olympiacos that they have what it takes to get past their Champions League Round of 16 opposition Manchester United.

The Greek Super League titlists, who were crowned champions last weekend, visit Old Trafford this evening looking to protect a 2-0 lead accrued during the first leg last month when goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Arsenal loan star Joel Campbell embarrassed David Moyes' side.

Toure implies that there may be no better time for Olympiacos to defeat United and book their passage into the quarterfinals due to the Stretford outfit's well-documented ills of late - poor form and worse results just the tip of the iceberg.

Yaya claims that while United have great experience in the competition, the Greek team have a work-rate that may ensure they prevent the home side from playing their way back into the fixture.

"Olympiacos are having a great year, a good season," he told Gazetta.gr. "They can get past United. It will be a tough rematch in Manchester. I know United well and, although they are not at their best, they are a very experienced team."

Toure, 30, is currently regarded to be one of the premier all-action midfielders in world football. He joined City in 2010, after three years at Barcelona, however, prior to that, he had a season at AS Monaco and a year at Olympiacos, where he won a domestic double.

"I back Olympiacos," he added. "If they work hard, they have the skill to do it. It would be a great success to achieve qualification."

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