A hat-trick from Robin van Persie helped secure Manchester United’s progress into the Champions League quarter finals, as the Premier League side beat Olympiakos 3-0 at Old Trafford yesterday evening.
United, who needed to win by a three goal margin in order to remain in the competition, took the lead on twenty-five minutes when Van Persie converted a penalty he himself had won, after being barged in the back by Jose Holebas.
Manchester United will be without defensive pair Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans for this evening’s crucial Champions League last sixteen second leg against Olympiakos at Old Trafford.
Juan Mata will also be absent having already represented Chelsea in this season’s competition, while Nani remains side-lined with hamstring problem though Javier Hernandez could feature.
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has admitted that his side must ‘attack from the first minute’ as they try to salvage something from a disappointing campaign against Olympiakos in the second leg of their Champions League last sixteen tie, according to the Mirror.
The reigning Premier League champions fell to a ninth league defeat of the season in humiliating fashion at the weekend, losing 3-0 to fierce rivals Liverpool in a result which all but ended their slim hopes of finishing in the top four.
Manchester United’s slim chances of securing a top four finish this season all but ended after losing 3-0 to Liverpool
at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Penalty kicks either side of half time from Steven Gerrard gave the visitors a comfortable lead, while Luis Suarez put the result beyond any doubt with a neat finish six minutes from time.
Manchester United moved to within nine points of the top-four after comfortably beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.
Phil Jones gave the champions the lead on thirty-four minutes with a powerful header, before Wayne Rooney doubled the visitors’ advantage twenty minutes into the second half with his fourteenth goal of the season.
David Moyes is reportedly considering selling Robin van Persie at the end of the season, according to the Metro.
The Manchester United manager is said to be growing increasingly frustrated at the striker’s attitude, with the player failing to replicate his form from last season under the Scot.
Manchester United’s record signing Juan Mata believes that this month’s run of crucial fixtures will define the club’s season, according to the Mirror.
The reigning Premier League champions, who had no game over the weekend, will have the chance to reclaim sixth when they take on West Bromwich Albion on Saturday with Everton facing Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter finals.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has apologised to his teammates following comments he made after Tuesday evening’s 2-0 Champions League last sixteen first leg defeat to Olympiakos, according to the Mirror.
The Dutch international had complained about his teammates running into areas he was supposed to be, but has insisted that his criticisms were aimed at himself.
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Manchester United have given themselves a mountain to climb if they are going to make this season’s Champions League quarter finals after losing the first leg of their last sixteen tie 2-0 to Greek champions Olympiakos.
Goals either side of half time from Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell, who is on loan at the club from Arsenal secured victory for Michel’s side, who will travel to Old Trafford for the second leg in three weeks’ time.
Manchester United will be without defensive duo Phil Jones and Jonny Evans for this evening’s Champions League last sixteen first leg match against Olympiakos.
Nani will also miss the game through injury, while Juan Mata is cup tied having already played in the competition for Chelsea though Rafael and Danny Welbeck are both available.