Manchester United manager David Moyes has expressed hopes that his team will be able to kick on from Wednesday night’s thrilling Champions League victory over Olympiakos and finish the season strongly.
Moyes has endured a difficult debut campaign in the Old Trafford hot-seat and has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks after little signs of improvement. However, after his team overturned a 2-0 aggregate deficit to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, arguably United’s best performance of the season, Moyes is hopeful that this can be a turning point for the club moving forwards.
Asked whether United can win it, he told his postmatch news conference: “I hope so. We will probably go into the quarterfinal tie as underdogs but I don’t see why not.
“This football club is capable of it. If we play to our capabilities, which we’ve not shown that often this season, I think we can be a match for any team.
“This club has history in the competition. It knows what to do at this stage. We’re not shocked to be in the quarterfinals — it’s something we do regularly. We will try to get into the last four now.”
Moyes’ position had been under significant scrutiny going into the match, and ESPN FC had been informed that key boardroom figures had turned against the manager following Sunday’s 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
However, the Scot told Sky Sports after the game that he does not believe his position has come under threat.
“I’m not feeling any pressure from inside the club, that’s for sure,” he said. “It’s all coming from you people [the media] and the people around, nobody else.
“Everybody’s fine. We know exactly the job I’ve got to do. It’s a big job, probably bigger than we all expected when we first came in, but the players have been great.”
There has also been speculation that Moyes has had problems with players including Ryan Giggs and Robin van Persie, but he insists that there has never been an issue.
“I keep hearing things about ‘this one’s fallen out’, ‘someone else has fallen out’ — and I keep telling people it’s rubbish, and it is rubbish,” he said. “People are trying to look for reasons why we’re not doing well. The reasons are we’re not just playing well enough in the games — and that’s the truth behind it all.”