MATCH ARTICLES

19/03/2014 21:56, Report by Nick Coppack
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The Match: Greek odyssey

Had that gone in, it could have been a completely different story…

Move of the match Giggs’s vision was a treat in the first half, particularly some of his long, angled passes, but it was De Gea’s double save on 40 minutes that was key. Without it, Olympiacos would have levelled the scores. Instead, the Spaniard showed cat-like reactions to repel Fuster’s header and then thrust out his right leg at the near post to stop Alejandro Dominguez’s follow-up. To cap it all, a minute later he had the presence of mind to launch a long goal-kick upfield.

In the stands Old Trafford was as loud as it’s been all season, as United fans roared the Reds towards victory. From the opening whistle the fans played their part and, when the full-time whistle blew, the noise was deafening. Relief has never sounded so loud.

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