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Manchester United’s fall from grace has been rather spectacular this season, with Sir Alex Ferguson watching on as the Red Devils have conspired to be eliminated from both cup competitions domestically, while they have never been in the Premier League title race.
Considering that Fergie’s boys won the league at a canter last term, it’s hard to fathom how United have been able to drop off the pace to the extent where the club are scheduling some lucrative friendly matches next term in lieu of Champions League competition.
Perhaps Wednesday night will be the last time we see the Red Devils in this tournament for several seasons to come, although a packed house will be looking for their team to turn the tie on its head, having suffered a 2-0 defeat to their Greek opponents a fortnight ago.
BetVictor bookmaker offer a best price 8/15 about United claiming victory on the night and it looks a reasonable price considering the comparative quality of the two teams, even if Juan Mata is a big loss for United due to the fact that he represented Chelsea in the Champions League earlier this season.
Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones are likely to continue as centre halves despite the pair both conceding a penalty during that 3-0 defeat against Liverpool, with the Serbian getting sent off against the team’s Merseyside opponents yet again.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney described Sunday’s reverse as one of his worst moments in football and this is a world-class talent capable of turning the game in favour of United, with the striker available at 9/2 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock.
BetVictor offer 2/1 about the English side going through at the expense of Olympiakos and you have to admit that a half-decent side would have put United out of their misery during the first leg encounter, rather than leave the door slightly ajar for a storming comeback.
However, perhaps Moyes will get things right on the night and qualification would ease the pressure on a manager who doesn’t want sympathy nor every football fan all over England explaining where he is going wrong with tactics.
Olympiakos are cruising towards yet another Greek Super League triumph, with the proud club eighteen points ahead of their nearest rivals, although they have suffered consecutive defeats and they are results which won’t have gone unnoticed by Moyes.
PREDICTION: Manchester United 3 Olympiakos 0