Manchester United vs Olympiacos
UEFA Champions League, Round 0f 16, 2nd Leg
Wednesday 19 March, 2014
19:45 KO (BST)
Old Trafford, Manchester
“We’ll try.” – David Moyes.
“It’s not nice when we know we are capable of being up there challenging and we haven’t been doing that this season. It is really difficult to see City doing well – and particularly Liverpool, who have kicked on. It means we have to step up and get back up there, because the feeling we have had this season when we’re not doing so well is not a nice feeling at all to have.” – Patrice Evra.
Starting XI from: David de Gea, Anders Lindegaard; Rafael da Silva, Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Alex Buttner, Patrice Evra; Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj, Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Shinji Kagawa; Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie
Doubts: Nani (hamstring), Javier Hernandez (knee)
Unavailable: Chris Smalling (hamstring), Jonny Evans (calf), Juan Mata (ineligible)
Top scorers: Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia (2)
Most assists: Wayne Rooney (3)
UCL form: D W D W W L
Home record vs Olympicos: P2 W2 D0 L0 F7 A0
“My players aren’t scared of anything… I don’t like seeing any manager suffer and David Moyes, at the moment, is suffering… We would like the game to go the same way as it did in the first leg but we know this will be a different Manchester United. There will definitely be more determination and urgency from them. All we want is a good performance. We definitely need one goal. We cannot just sit back and protect our two-goal lead.” – Michel.
Starting XI from: Roberto, Balazs Megyeri; Kostas Manolas, Avraam Papadopoulos, Gaetan Bong, Jose Holebas, Leandro Salino, Ivan Marcano; Giannis Maniatis, Andreas Samaris, Delvin Ndinga, Paulo Machado, David Fuster, Alejandro Dominguez, Joel Campbell, Hernan Perez; Nikos Vergos, Javier Saviola, Nelson Valdez
Unavailable: Michael Olaitan (virus), Dimitris Siovas (ankle)
Top scorer: Alejandro Dominguez (3)
Most assists: Giannis Maniatis, David Fuster (2)
UCL form: W D W L W W
Olympiacos 2-0 United (25-02-14)
Olympiacos 2-3 United (23-10-02)
United 4-0 Olympiacos (01-10-02)
United 3-0 Olympiacos (23-10-01)
Olympiacos 0-2 United (10-10-01)
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers.
The 40-year-old official has taken charge of 2 UEFA Champions League matches this season, brandishing 6 yellow cards and 1 red card. While it will be the Dutchman’s first visit to Old Trafford, he did oversee United’s 2-1 defeat in Basle in December, 2011.
Assistants: Angelo Boonman, Erwin Zeinstra.
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap.
United have won all 4 previous Uefa Champions League home matches against Greek sides (F15 A1)
Olympiacos have lost on their previous 11 visits to English opposition.
United have won 13 of the last 15 UEFA Champions League knockout fixtures at Old Trafford.
In their previous 7 UEFA Champions League knockout fixtures, Olympiacos have lost by more than one goal only once – 2008 vs Chelsea.
United have scored in every UEFA Champions League knockout match at Old Trafford since February, 2005.
Should Olympiacos progress, it will be their first appearance at the quarter-final stage since 1999.
United 1/2 Draw 12/5 Olympiacos 5/1
Jack (@jackkholt): United 2-1 Olympiacos
Craig (@CraigNorwood): United 5-0 Olympiacos
Jay (@RFFH): United 1-1 Olympiacos
Mark (@mdhzk3): United 3-1 Olympiacos
Nick (@ManUnitedYouth): United 3-1 Olympiacos
Iwan (@IwanLehnert): United 2-1 Olympiacos