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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

Football

Manchester United turning back time for inspiration
Reuters
Manchester, March 19, 2014
First Published: 00:16 IST(19/3/2014)
Last Updated: 00:18 IST(19/3/2014)

A famous win over Barcelona 30 years ago this week could inspire Manchester United to a comeback victory over Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday.

United face Olympiakos trailing 2-0 from the first leg of their round of 16 match when goals from Alejandro Dominguez and Joel Campbell gave the Greek champions their first win over United in five meetings.

United also found themselves two goals down to Barcelona on the night of March 21, 1984 when they overturned a two-goal deficit in European competition for the last time.

The 3-0 win over Barcelona has been voted in official club polls as the third greatest occasion in Old Trafford’s history and the sixth best United game of all time.

Two goals from captain Bryan Robson and one from Frank Stapleton gave United victory over a Barca side including great Argentine forward Diego Maradona who was powerless to stop United’s fightback.

Manager David Moyes said on Tuesday he hoped his team can emulate that famous success.

“It has only happened twice before that United have come from two down to win and the last time was the Barcelona game in 1984. Let’s hope we can that again tomorrow,” he said.

Job safe’
Winning the Champions League looks to be the only route back into the competition next season, leaving it likely that United will miss out of Europe’s top tournament for the first time since 1995-96.

But manager Moyes dismissed suggestions his job is under threat.

“My future has not changed one bit,” Moyes said on Tuesday.

“The biggest assurance is that (the board) let me get on with the job, we talk about the future, we make big plans going forward. That is why they gave me a six-year contract."


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