Manchester United finally delivered and with their backs against the wall, the team put together an impressive performance right when they needed it the most.
Coming off a 0-2 loss against Olympiakos on away soil, the team led by David Moyes had to turn the tables at Old Trafford if they wanted to advance in the competitions. Led by some stellar individual performances, The Red Devils won 3-0, advanced to the next round and they are still alive in Europe’s biggest competition.
But the hype needs to be slowed down as this team has plenty of holes all over the pitch and there are several things that need to be fixed if they want to reach the final stages of the tournament.
The defense is clearly a cause for concern like it has been all year long. In fact, if it wasn’t for David De Gea – who made several key saves on each half – this story could’ve ended differently. Olympiakos strikers were also very inaccurate in front of the goal and if they would’ve been a bit more precise, the Greek side could’ve pulled the upset.
The forward lines played adequately today. Robin van Persie netted a hat-trick, Wayne Rooney showed that he’s the heart and soul of the team and Ryan Giggs put all his experience in service of the squad, but this team is nowhere near where they should be considering the talent at Moyes’ disposal. The wingers lack pace, the midfield is quite slow and despite scoring three times, van Persie wasn’t able to create chances on his own.
The important thing was to win and the team did it right when they needed to. But fans can’t get carried away here since there are plenty of things to be corrected if Manchester United wants to surpass teams like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich in the next round.