David Moyes has urged his team not get carried away after last night’s memorable comeback against Olympiakos that has earned them a place in the quarter finals of the Champions League, but he also believes United are now the dark horses ahead of Friday’s draw and could cause a major shock by winning the competition.
After a season characterised by slow, sluggish and uninspiring football United were closer to their normal selves last night, as they took the game to the Greek outfit from the start, roared on by a raucous Old Trafford and managed to overturn a 2-0 deficit in an European competition for only the second time in the club’s history since they beat Barcelona 3-0 in 1984.
“I suppose we will be underdogs in the draw, but I genuinely believe this club is capable of winning it,” said the United manager.
“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.”
Moyes was full of praise of Robin Van Persie, whose hat-trick proved the difference and perhaps kept Moyes in his job for another week at least.
“To score a hat-trick in Champions League football is a big thing, only certain players in the world are capable of it and Van Persie is one of them. He took his penalty and the free-kick well and Wayne did really well for the second goal. He scored his hat-trick and really deserved it,” said Moyes.
Moyes, however, insisted that yesterday’s victory will not change anything about his future, which he considered safe even after Sunday’s humiliation at home against Liverpool.
“I’m not feeling any pressure from inside the club, it’s coming from you people [the media],” said Moyes.
“We know the job we have to do, it’s probably bigger than what I thought when I first came to the club.
“There are stories of this player falling out, or that one falling out, but it’s rubbish. People are looking for reasons why we are not doing well but it is only because we have not been playing well.”