Man Utd boss David Moyes adamant over future ahead of defining Olympiakos clashby Jack Kitson / 19 March 2014, 10:07Tweet
Manchester United manager David Moyes faces a season-defining clash against Olympiakos tonight (Wednesday) that could potentially decide his future at the struggling club. The beleaguered boss is simply desperate for one positive to take from what has been a wretched debut campaign in the Red Devils dugout, and he will be hoping that comes in the form of an unlikely Champions League comeback at home to Olympiakos, that could well convince those in power at United to give him an extra lifeline.
In Tuesday’s press conference Moyes was adamant that he will ride out the savage storm, and dismissed talk that his job was in doubt, insisting that he’s at United for the long-term. However, while the positive outlook is crucial for a man in his position, Moyes knows that words mean nothing without results to back them up, and on Wednesday night both the United supporters and hierarchy will be demanding a performance bristling with energy, passion and determination, which is a huge ask considering Sunday’s abysmal showing at home to Liverpool.
Moyes has been a magnet for misfortune since stepping into Sir Alex Ferguson's mammoth shoes last May, with the former Everton boss enduring a horrific first season at the helm, in which he has shattered numerous unwanted records. 7th-placed United are currently miles off the pace in the Premier League, having remarkably lost nearly a third of their matches, including five at home. They have also been dumped out of both domestic cups in humiliating fashion, while they are now on the verge of being knocked out of the Champions League to the unfancied Greek outfit Olympiakos.
United head into Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash staring down the barrel following a 2-0 defeat in Greece, which ranks amongst their worst ever displays in Europe. However, they can condone for their errors by storming back in the second-leg at Old Trafford, and book their place in the quarter-finals.
United can currently be backed at 4/7 with Paddy Power to win in 90 minutes, while they are priced at 15/8 to go on and qualify. Elsewhere Bet Victor have handed United odds of 11/1 to record a 3-0 victory, whereas a 2-0 win, which would take the game into extra-time, is available at 13/2. On the otherhand a poor result tonight could ultimately be last straw for the United boardroom, with Moyes already teetering on the brink of an exit in the Premier League Sack Race at 3/1 with Sky Bet.