UEFA Champions League: Man United 3-0 Olympiacos (Aggregate 3-2)

    Manchester United’s Van Persie hat-trick lifts huge weight off Moyes’s shoulders as Red Devils reach last eight after heroic Old Trafford performanceIt wasn’t one of those perfect hat-tricks. It wasn’t sublime, not the poetry in motion we have come to expect from Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. Yet it is hard to believe there will be a more valuable contribution to the David Moyes era than that of Robin van Persie on Wednesday night. It may even have kept the manager in a job. A penalty, a side-foot from close range and a free-kick from distance had Moyes bouncing on the touchline like a man 20 years younger or 20 years older if one recalls some of Sir Alex Ferguson’s more  exuberant celebrations.  SEE MORE AFTER CUT>>>>

    What a difference this was from the weekend. As insipid as United were against Liverpool, so they were bold and cavalier here.As  disengaged as Van Persie appeared four days earlier, so he was the life and soul on Wednesday night. He won the penalty, scored the penalty, scored the aggregate equaliser, nailed the winner.

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