Man U striker Robin van Persie must lift for Champions League survival. Image courtesy of skysports.com
Seventh on the EPL table, 18 points behind Chelsea, Manchester United can salvage something from what has been a shocking season by its lofty standards by staying alive in the UEFA Champions League. To do that, the Red Devils need to overcome Olympiacos by at least three goals at Old Trafford on Thursday morning (AEST).
Thumped 3-0 at home by Liverpool on the weekend, Man U needs to hit back hard, with more and more calls for manager David Moyes to be sacked. On the field, the once mighty midfield which patrolled and controlled Old Trafford, as well as many away venues, is missing in action. So too is key striker Robin van Persie. The normally ‘deadly Dutchman’ says he wants to remain at Manchester beyond his current contract, but he needs to lift. There are nine EPL matches left and the best thing for him would be a bag of goals. He could start that mission by finding the net against the Greek champions on Thursday morning (AEST). High profile signing Juan Mata is another player who needs to deliver more for his new club.
Olympiacos have lost on all of their previous 11 visits to England, but travel to Old Trafford on the back of lifting a 41st Greek title with five matches to spare, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Panthrakikos. They are also buoyed by the 2-0 first leg victory at home and the turmoil facing the 20-time EPL champions.
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