Manchester United's season took yet another abysmal turn as they were outplayed by modest Olympiakos and are now all but out of the Champions League. With their draw supposedly easier, the Red devils were expected to take a big step towards qualification to the next round but they were outplayed by a disciplined Olympiakos side whose work-rate and creativity seemed to stem United's play. Alejandro Dominguez and Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell were on the scoresheet as the Greeks heaped further misery on David Moyes with a 2-0 victory in the first leg.
The adventurous Olympiakos manager Michel set his side up in a clever formation. The Spaniard went for a midfield pairing of Maniatis and N'Dinga. The wide positions were occupied by the pacey likes of Campbell and Perez. The latter especially, with his ability to cut in from the left hand side, posed a potent threat for Manchester United's back four. The back four of Olympiakos looked very solid and at right full back was Salino, who is known for his marauding runs down the right. Javier Saviola, the experienced Argentine striker did not feature even on the bench as he was carrying a knock.