This 2013-2014 Premier League season has been surrounded by an incredible fight for the top of the standings between Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester City. For the first time in years, that list does not include the reigning champions Manchester United, where fans and media have pointed all blame against David Moyes.
The Red Devils’ disastrous EPL campaign has been slightly alleviated by their fair results in the Champions League which have them in the Round-of-16. With the European competition set to commence once again this week, many questions have been raised as to how well Moyes’ United will perform next February 25 against Greece’s Olympiakos.
On paper, in talent, and guided by history, Manchester United enters the game as clear favorites to win both home-and-way legs. However, due to their disappointing season. many have raised their doubts on United’s winning chances against Olympiakos.
The ex-Manchester United star, Michael Owen, mentioned on Twitter, that in a normal circumstance the Red Devils should have no problem at defeating a rival in the Champions League like the Thrylos. Nonetheless, he expresses his disbelief at Moyes’ campaign by saying that under this management, there are no easy games.
You'd normally say United were certainties against Olympiakos but there are no gimmies for Moyes at present. Still fancy them to progress.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) February 17, 2014
Although Owen still feels that Manchester United will get past Olympiakos, his comment represents a bigger concern around the Manchester United world in which all is questioned when analyzing United under Moyes. It will be crucial to see how the Red Devils play in the Champions League, because while the EPL is a lost cause, success in this competition could alleviate the harsh feelings towards the manager.
Manchester United will play the Greek team next February 25 and then again on March 19.