Brief respite for David Moyes following Champions League comebackby Jack Kitson / 20 March 2014, 10:07Tweet
The pressure has eased ever so slightly on Manchester United manager David Moyes after the club's stunning Champions League comeback at home to Olympiakos. The Scot headed into the season-defining match under mountains of pressure following Sunday's humiliating 3-0 defeat at home to Liverpool. However, Moyes managed to inspire his troops to an unexpected 3-0 win, as they joined Chelsea in the draw for the last-eight.
It was a rare day of celebration in what has otherwise been a season to forget for Sir Alex Ferguson's successor. United's poor league form and meek domestic cup exits have piled the pressure on Moyes, who still has an outside chance of winning silverware in his debut campaign. The 50-year-old insists his troops can now go on and win the competition, although even the most die-hard Red Devil would admit that their side face a huge, near impossible, task.
United are currently the 20/1 outsiders with Bet Victor to go all the way and claim their fourth European crown. The calibre of teams in the quarter-final pot is simply phenomenal, with the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona leading the way in the betting. However, Chelsea ripped up the odds table back in 2012, while Liverpool did the same back in 2005, proving that anything is possible in Europe’s elite competition.
United will now look to take their confidence boosting win into the league when they travel to Upton Park on Saturday evening, before their mammoth match at home to fierce rivals Man City next Tuesday. Back-to-back top-flight victories will significantly boost Moyes' standing at the club, while it could also get United back in the hunt for 5th spot.
Champions League 2013/14 Outright Odds
- 15/8 Bayern Munich
- 10/3 Barcelona
- 4/1 Real Madrid
- 10/ Atletico Madrid
- 12/1 Chelsea
- 12/1 PSG
- 16/1 Borussia Dortmund
- 20/1 Man Utd
Odds courtesy of Bet Victor