David Moyes has claimed that Manchester United are the Champions League’s dark horses and are capable of winning the tournament, Guardian reports.
The Red Devils are through to the quarter-finals after a convincing 3-0 win over Olympiakos at Old Trafford Wednesday night.
United went into the second leg tie trailing 2-0 from the first game in Athens, but a Robin van Persie hat-trick turned the tie and eased the pressure on the under-fire manager.
Contrary to the bookmakers, Moyes was confident of getting the result with the quarter-final draw to be held this Friday.
“I suppose we will be underdogs in the draw, but I genuinely believe this club is capable of winning it,” he said.
“If we show our capabilities, which we haven’t done too often, we can be a match for any team.
“After Sunday’s performance [the 3-0 home defeat by Liverpool], we needed to bounce back and we did it in style with this victory.
“It was a really good result in Europe, we came from two goals behind. It means we have got ourselves another two games in the Champions League, something we will really look forward to.”
And the former Everton boss only had praise for van Persie, who scored twice – one being a penalty – in the first half and added his third with a free-kick in the second.
“To score a hat-trick in Champions League football is a big thing, only certain players in the world are capable of it and he is one of them,” he said.
“He took his penalty and the free-kick well and Wayne [Rooney] did really well for the second goal [with the final pass]. He scored his hat-trick and really deserved it.”
Moyes will however be sweating on the fitness of van Persie, who was stretchered off after a tackle from Kostas Manolas.