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David Moyes breathes huge sigh of relief as Manchester United beat Olympiakos

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Manchester United defeated Greek champions Olympiakos 3-0 last night with a much improved performance that displayed some grit and passion. Robin Van Persie did the goal scoring with a hat-trick that proved just enough to see United overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.

Nobody will be more relieved with the result than manager David Moyes as the Champions League represents United's last chance of a trophy this season. He deserves great credit for the performance though as United were determined and on a mission from the off.

Moyes paired veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs alongside Michael Carrick and the 40 year old was peerless once again in Europe's premier competition. His ball over the top to play in Van Persie early on resulted in a penalty which the Dutchman cooly slotted home.

Giggs then repeated the trick right on the stroke of half time as he floated another ball over the top for Wayne Rooney to control and square to Van Persie to dispatch with clinical accuracy. The timing of the second goal was crucial and Moyes jogged into the changing room at the half time whistle looking full of intent.

United were patient after coming out in the second half and kept doing what they did well in the first. A free kick on 52 minutes offered a chance to test the Olympiakos keeper and he was left rooted to the spot as Rooney dummied before Van Persie stroked the ball into the net to put the Red Devils in the driving seat.

A special mention also has to go to Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea who pulled off some crucial saves throughout, including a quickfire double save with his feet. A single goal from Olympiakos would have been enough to send the through on the away goals rule.

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