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Moyes hopes win can be turning point

Manchester United boss David Moyes hopes his side’s Champions League win over Olympiakos can be a turning point in their disappointing season.

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Robin van Persie’s hat-trick overturned Olympiakos’s 2-0 first-leg advantage to send United into the quarter-finals.

Moyes said: “It was a magnificent team performance. I don’t want to come out and say ‘this is the moment’ but I hope it is.

“We have been asked a similar question before and we have not shown it.”

The Scot, who has been under growing pressure following Sunday’s 3-0 home defeat by Liverpool, added: “This is a work in progress and it will take time to get it as we really want it. It is a big job.

“I have got a lot of things I want to do but the players gave the crowd something after we lost to Liverpool and we are delighted to see Manchester United in the last eight of the Champions League.

“I am very pleased after Sunday’s performance and result. We needed it and I thought we did it in style. We played very well and deserved our victory.

“I’m not feeling any pressure from inside the club. it’s coming from [the media]. We know the job we have to do, it’s probably bigger than what I thought when I first came to the club.

“There are stories of this player falling out, or that one falling out, but it rubbish. People are looking for reasons why we are not doing well and it is only because we have not been playing well.”

Although Van Persie scored the goals before going off on a stretcher with a knee injury, Moyes praised the contribution of recalled 40-year-old Ryan Giggs, who had a hand in Van Persie’s first two goals.

“Ryan’s passing was fantastic,” the United manager said. “His overall play was really good and he defies his age. He’s a great player. Everyone who has been at Manchester United will tell you that.

“He has not played much recently. He is 40 years old and I maybe needed to look to the future and give everybody opportunities but I felt tactically I needed him to play a certain role which I knew he would understand with his experience. He carried it out perfectly.”

Moyes was hopeful that Van Persie’s injury is not serious – and he was also delighted with the striker’s contribution.

“To score a hat-trick in the Champions League is a big thing,” the manager said. “There are only certain players in the world who are capable of it and Robin van Persie is one of them.

“[The injury] doesn’t look that bad, he’s had a knock on the back of his knee.”

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