Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Vidic, Evra, Carrick, Fellaini, Kagawa, Rooney, Januzaj, Van Persie
Manchester United have had a horrible season having have been knocked out of all other competitions, so Champions League football is probably their only hope left. United look to put the 3-0 loss to Liverpool behind them and go all out in hopes to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Olympiakos. Nani, who was expected to make a return, is still a doubt and Juan Mata is ineligible due to being cup-tied with Chelsea. The Red Devils will be without the defensive paring of Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling, with Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic looking to start. Shinji Kagawa should be called in to replace Juan Mata with Wayne Rooney, Adnan Januzaj, and Robin Van Persie leading the front line.
Olympiakos (4-2-3-1): Roberto, Salino, Marcano, Manolas, Bong, Maniatis, Ndinga, Campbell, Dominguez, Fuster, Valdez
Olympiakos come into this game at Old Trafford with a two goal advantage and manager Michel has guided his team to three victories from their previous five games, one being the vital win against United and recently clinching the league title this past week. The Greek side have a few injury doubts with Ariel Ibagaza, Javier Saviola, and Dimitri Siovas all ruled out of the clash. Having rested a number of key players in their title clinching victory at the weekend, Michel will field a fully fit team as first leg scorers Joel Campbell and Alejandro Dominguez look to cause problems up top.
If Manchester United loses against Olympiakos AT Old Trafford, I wonder if David Moyes will get sacked…@ManUtd questions questions
— Allen Grakasian (@allbroo10) March 18, 2014
— Ferdhy adittya (@adittya_ferdhy) March 18, 2014
David Moyes’ team are in need of 3-0 home win against Olympiakos, no matter how tough, Manchester United have done it before. This can only be done if they can bring back the form from their previous seasons.
The only player who can rally a great comeback and save United’s season is Wayne Rooney. His passion for the game has never been in question as he recently urges the supporters to give them a much need boost. With two goals and six assist in his last six Champions League appearances, there is no better time to shine.
Manchester Utd have won all four of their Champions League home games against Greek opposition, scoring 15 goals and conceding only one.
Manchester Utd have won 13 of their last 15 Champions League knockout games at Old Trafford (D1 L1).
AC Milan were the last team to stop Manchester Utd from scoring at Old Trafford in the knockout stages of the Champions League, back in February 2005.
Manchester Utd have won their three home games in the Champions League this season.
Olympiakos have lost all seven of their Champions League games in England, conceding at least two goals every time and never scoring more than one.
In seven knockout Champions League games, Olympiakos have only lost once by more than one clear goal. It was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in March 2008 (0-3).
Olympiakos hadn’t reached the knockout stages of the Champions League since 2009/10 when they were eventually knocked out by Bordeaux in the last 16.
Olympiakos have the chance to reach the quarter finals of the Champions League for the first time since 1998/99.
This is the 16th time in the last 18 seasons that Manchester Utd have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League. The last time they went past the last 16 though was back in 2010/11 (beaten finalists v Barcelona).
Ryan Giggs (139 games) is only three games short of equalling Raul’s record of 142 appearances in the Champions League.