Manchester United manager David Moyes has taken “responsibility” of Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Olympiacos.
The Greek Super League champions will head to Old Trafford in three weeks’ time with a healthy advantage to protect and, even their opponents’ hot and cold form in the ongoing campaign offers them the opportunity to fancy a Champions League last-eight chances.
“I take responsibility, it’s my team and we have to play better,” said Moyes. “We can do, and the one thing is there’s still a second game to come.
“There is a second game and we will do all we can to turn it around.”
A dismal performance from the Premier League champions had them produce only one shot on target in the 89th minute, as Robin van Persie fired over after a useful cross from Chris Smalling, who was wonderfully redeployed to the right-back on the night.
United had far more of the ball than Olympiakos did, with 60.5% of possession, with 25.4% played in United’s attacking third… Opta Stats.
Many will question the exclusion of United’s teenage sensation Adnan Januzaj or the remarkable lack of drive and the numbers of turnovers managed by the visitors.
“We didn’t offer enough on the night to create a goal. They have a very good home record so it wasn’t unexpected.
That’s the worst we’ve played in Europe, we didn’t deserve to get anything,” Moyes added on his side’s inability to get a meaningful away goal.
“There is undoubtedly talent at Manchester United but we didn’t show it tonight. We are determined to put it right and we have the opportunity to do that.
“The players are hurting. Old Trafford has seen some great nights in the past and we hope to see another one.”
The last time United overturned a two-goal aggregate deficit in Europe was 30 years ago, when captain Bryan Robson led them to a 3-0 win over Barcelona at Old Trafford in the last eight of the now-defunct Cup Winners’ Cup.
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