Manchester United vs Olympiakos Piraues 03/19/2014 Free UEFA Champions League Soccer Pick and Preview
Olympiakos vs Manchester United
Wednesday 19th March 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Manchester United 4/9 Draw 3/1 Olympiakos 6/1 See the Latest Odds
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Do or die night in Old Trafford. David Moyes is a manager under the most extreme pressure imagineable and it wont get any easier for him if Manchester United fail to turn around a 2-0 deficit on Wednesday night. After succumbing to Liverpool 3-0 in Old Trafford ,in a game that was more disappointing in the manner than the margin of defeat, Manchester United must now raise their game to a level that hasnt been seen this year. There is little question that the individual talent in this squad is good enough to pull out a once off performance but the question now has to be why cant Moyes get some sort of performance from the squad consistantly. This is the same squad that won the Premier League last year under Sir Alex Ferguson and they now trail Chelsea by eighteen points and sit in seventh in the league. That is just not acceptable. Going out of the Champions League to Olympiakos may just be the straw that broke the Camels back with regards to Moyes tenure and although appointed on a long term contract I'm not sure if the United faithful or board room can continue to look at the situation without making some moves. David Moyes knows that United must come out of the traps fast against Olympiakos and I think he starts with Wellbeck, Van Persie and Rooney and plays kagawa in midfield, Untied simply must score early to get this tie turned around and that means all out attack at Old Trafford tomorrow night.
Olympiakos had their most memorable night in Europe two weeks ago when defeating Manchester United in the first leg of this tie, that win though somewhat destablised the team as they have now lost two of their last three in the league(their first two defeats of the season). Coach Michel will be looking to cement one of the great shocks of the Champions League when he brings Olympiakos to Old Trafford. I am sure he will set up his team in a 4-5-1 formation to try to stiffle United's midfield and to attempt to quieten the crowd. While occasionally Old Trafford has been accused of being a lifeless stadium for Premier League games there seems to be something magical about European nights and there always seems to be a loud and supportive crowd on Champions League nights. Olympiakos will look to quieten that crowd and Michel will turn to youngster Campbell the hero of the first leg to bring the fight to United on the wings, creative midfielder Dominguies will again look to arrive late and pick out the passes that unlock a shaky Manchester United defence but I'm just not sure that they will be ready for the atmosphere on Wednesday night.
I am going all in on Manchester United here, they have let me down a number of times this year but I am convinced there is a big performance in this side and knowing that they need a huge performance on Wednesday night I am going to back them to get it done. I am not sure whether it will enough to get them through but I think United win this two hopefully more. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo.