Manchester United can win Champions League claims David Moyes
Moyes depicts United as the competition’s underdogs and there won’t be too many disagreeing with his verdict
March 20th, 2014
David Moyes has had it tough since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, although the Scot was all smiles on Wednesday night as United recovered from a 2-0 first leg deficit to beat Olympiakos and reach the last eight of the Champions League.
The Red Devils did things the difficult way, with Robin van Persie plundering a hat-trick before some nervous moments in defence that could have seen the Greek team go through instead.
However, it is United who join Chelsea as the two English representatives in the last eight and David Moyes is backing his “underdogs” to potentially qualify for the Champions League again by winning the thing.
“I suppose we will be underdogs in the draw, but I genuinely believe this club is capable of winning it,” he said. “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 for hat-trick hero Van Persie, although he also complimented Ryan Giggs on a range of passing that unhinged the opposition.
Moyes said: “To score a hat-trick in Champions League football is a big thing, only certain players in the world are capable of it and he is one of them. He took his penalty and the free-kick well and Wayne [Rooney] did really well for the second goal [with the final pass]. He scored his hat-trick and really deserved it.”