United into Champions League last eight after beating Olympiakos 3-2 on aggregate
Manchester United are barely among the best eight teams in England this season although they have made the quarter final stage of the Champions League following an impressive fight back at Old Trafford which saw the Red Devils beat their Greek opponents 3-0 in the second leg.
A hat-trick from Robin van Persie helped United over the line, with Wayne Rooney admitting after the match that the players owed the supporters and manager following Sunday’s embarrassing 3-0 defeat against Liverpool.
The players were clearly hurting after that defeat and there were several outstanding performances from the champions who will now await the draw on Friday as David Moyes waits to hear on United’s next European opponents.
Rooney told Sky Sports 1HD: “It was just the desire to win. As you can hear, the fans in particular, the support has been fantastic. Against Liverpool they were fantastic. They were fantastic again tonight and we’re delighted for them.
“We owed ourselves a good result. These fans, the manager, everyone. This is a great result and hopefully it can kick-start our season and be the start of something really special.”
They were words echoed by Ryan Giggs who continues to defy biology by producing top-level performances at the grand old age of 40, with the Welshman now part of Moyes’ coaching team at Old Trafford.
“It was always going to be tough not to concede a goal once you score three goals but we managed it and with the help of the crowd, we got over the finishing line,” he said.
“Of course there’s pressure, especially after Sunday – a disappointing performance and result. We owed the fans this result because they were unbelievable.
“We’ve had good performances and good results but not followed it up. That’s what we’ve got to do now. Not get carried away. We’ve just got to carry on with performances like today.”