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18/03/2014 12:00, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: Olympiacos

Last meeting: Late last month, United produced a laboured performance and succumbed to a 2-0 defeat via goals in each half from Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell. Moyes described the display at the Karaiskakis Stadium as "the worst we've played in Europe, that's for sure". The boss continued: "It was a really poor performance. We didn't get going from the start. We didn't deserve anything from tonight."

Did you know? The first leg of this round of 16 tie was United’s 250th match in the European Cup, or the Champions League as it is now known. The Reds have claimed 140 victories, 61 draws and 49 defeats during that time, scoring 464 goals and conceding 236. 

The manager: Olympiacos are managed by Michel, a 50-year-old former Spain midfielder who took over the club 13 months ago. He guided them to their 40th league title in his first season and, as mentioned, oversaw their 41st on Saturday. Speaking after that triumph, he told reporters: “After the celebrations and the joy, we will be ready for United. The league title will make the trip more enjoyable. But we need to stay focused. If we think we have the upper hand in the tie, we will fail.”

Star man: With top scorer Kostas Mitroglou now playing for Fulham and Saviola injured, Olympiacos' main goal threat is arguably Joel Campbell. The 21-year-old Costa Rica forward is on loan from Arsenal and hopes to build on a positive first-leg performance in Manchester: "We played very well against a very good team and we weren't intimidated. There is still a very hard game at Old Trafford and we hope to advance to the next round."

Quote/unquote: "Of course, everybody knows it will be hard after the first result but it is definitely not impossible.

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