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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Manchester United: It's do or die time for Moyes, Roney and co


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Manchester United's hopes of finishing in the top four were torn apart by a rampant Liverpool on Sunday. Their fiercest rivals left Old Trafford with a 3-0 win, one that Wayne Rooney described as one of the worst in his life. And it could have been even more emphatic had Gerrard scored a hat-trick of penalties and Daniel Sturridge had his shooting boots on. 

David Moyes has already seen his side exit the Capital One Cup and FA Cup. In order to stay in the Champions League, his boys will have to do something that not even the great Sir Alex Ferguson managed . . . overturn a two-goal deficit in the knockout stages.

Manchester United were a shadow of themselves in Greece, allowing Olympiakos to take a two-goal lead into tonight's clash at Old Trafford, but some records will have to be broken. We've already mentioned United's goal, but Olympiakos could also record their first win on English soil.

Wayne Rooney, RVP and Juan Mata are going to have to be at their best tonight in order to keep alive their hopes of playing in Europe next season and their manager in a job.

The knives are out for David Moyes and many other chairmen would have already pulled the trigger by now, but Moyes is still the chosen one and United must give him time to build his team at Old Trafford.

The ground will be pumping tonight and the fans will have to get right behind the Red Devils from the start. They need all the support they can get. An early goal for the visitors will see United needing four to progress. While they undoubtedly have the firepower to blast the Greeks away, the way they have been playing right now you wouldn't put your house on it.

The visitors - who won the league on Saturday - are just 90 minutes away from reaching the last eight for the first time since 1999 - the Treble-winning season for United which now seems so long ago. 

Old Trafford is the Theatre of Dreams. Can it produce another magical moment in the club's history tonight?

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