Man United will rise again, vows David Moyes ahead of Olympiacos clash
Manchester United manager David Moyes insists the Red Devils remain the biggest club in world football
David Moyes has reassured Manchester United supporters that the Red Devils will rise again ahead of their clash against Olympiacos on Wednesday.
United are currently seventh in the Premier League table following a humiliating 3-0 loss to bitter rivals Liverpool in the north-west derby on Sunday.
50-year-old Moyes has come under further pressure after the latest setback in a difficult first season in charge of the defending English champions.
This club is the biggest in the world and it will rise again
But Moyes moved to calm concerned United supporters by describing the Red Devils as the “biggest club in the world” despite their current predicament.
“Results have been disappointing but it is not through lack of trying. We have made a lot of opportunities and not taken them and that has been the biggest difference this year,” Moyes said.
“The fans have seen some defeat they would not have expected and they have stuck with the team. They have seen great success and will see great success in the future.
“This club is the biggest in the world and it will rise again.”
Moyes acknowledged United are facing a difficult task overturning a two-goal deficit from their first leg when Olympiacos make the trip to Old Trafford on Wednesday.
“I was looking back, it’s only twice Manchester United have done it [come back from two goals down], I think 1984 is the most recent one. It’s not something that happens a lot but it’s something we believe we have to make happen,” Moyes added.
“I see the players every day, the qualities they show me. I think they know they can play better, I don’t think any of them are questioning that. I’ve got belief in the players. We’ll try and make that happen tomorrow night.”
Man United v Olympiacos: Pre-match facts
• United have a 100% home record in the Champions League, having beaten Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Real Sociedad and Shakhtar Donetsk. Another victory would spell their best sequence in the competition at Old Trafford since 2007/08, when they went on to win the competition.
• United have mounted a successful fightback only once after a first-leg defeat in the Champions League. That came when they overwhelmed Roma 7-1 after a 2-1 reverse in Italy in the 2006/07 quarter-finals.
• Shinji Kagawa’s Borussia Dortmund beat Olympiacos 3-1 at home but lost 1-0 away in the 2011-12 group stage.
• United have scored 548 goals in Uefa competition and conceded 299.