first Greek side ever to beat the Reds.
The opposition Shorn of experienced striker Javier Saviola, having already sold Kostas Mitroglou to Fulham, Olympiacos looked a little toothless early on, despite their hustle. But the first goal gave them confidence and they went on to contain their more illustrious opponents relatively comfortably.
Move of the match A neat early exchange between Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney and van Persie was pleasing on the eye but broke down when the latter was unable to get a shot on target, which typified United’s attacking efforts all evening.
In the stands Olympiacos’ famously partisan fans were in full voice well before kick-off and generated a colourful, raucous atmosphere throughout the game, booing heartily every time United were in possession. But the small pocket of travelling Reds did their best to make themselves heard above the din, despite being well outnumbered.