Manchester United’s disappointing season under David Moyes continued when the Premier League side suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat away to Olympiacos in the Champions league round of 16 first leg.
United looked dull, uninspired and lacking in imagination (perhaps Moyes gave a hint of what was to come by choosing to omit Adnan Januzaj from his starting eleven) and their performance left Dutch striker Robin van Persie criticising his teammates after the match.
Olympiacos looked the more aggressive of the two sides and it was no surprised when they opened the scoring – albeit on a fortunate defelection of a Giannis Maniatis shot that was heading wide of the goal by Alejandro Dominguez – in the 39th minute.
The second half was more of the same story for the United as they seemed almost disinterested in trying for an equalizer. Olympiacos continued to take it to the visitors and were rewarded with a second goal in the 56th minute thanks to a beautiful finish by Joel Campbell.
United had a great chance of salvaging something for the second leg in the 82nd minute, but Van Persie’s shot sailed over the bar to squander the club’s best scoring chance of the match.
Olympiacos have now won seven of their last nine home matches in the Champions League and were unbeaten in their last six home matches against English clubs.
The return leg is to be played on March 19 at Old Trafford, where United will have to score at least two goals to have any chance of winning the tie – and to ease the pressure off of Moyes.