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Giggs: Let's not get ahead of ourselves

ESPN staff
March 20, 2014
The United of old

Ryan Giggs has warned Manchester United not to get carried away with their 3-0 victory over Olympiakos at Old Trafford which saw them progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.

United overturned a 2-0 deficit from the first leg in Athens with a performance in stark contrast to their display in the comprehensive 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

They weren't exactly Bayern Munich!

  • There is no doubting that Manchester United's 3-0 Champions League win against Olympiakos was a big deal for David Moyes and his players, but the record of the opposition suggests Ryan Giggs is right to call for some perspective:

    * While the Greek side are dominant in their domestic Super League, they have lost all 11 Champions League matches played in England.

    * Before Wednesday's loss at Old Trafford, Olympiakos' most recent trip to England ended in a 3-1 defeat by Arsenal in October 2012..

    * If Champions League away games in Germany and Spain are added to those in England, their record reads: Played 21, Lost 18, Clean Sheets 1.

    * Olympiakos and the rest of the Greek contingent of clubs have conceded at least two goals in 11 of their 12 Champions League games in England.

Despite downplaying the victory - which prompted Moyes to claim his side could rule in Europe - Giggs accepted it was vital to lift spirits at Old Trafford after the latest setback in a dismal first season under their new manager.

"Of course there is pressure after Sunday because it was a bad performance and bad result," Giggs told Sky Sports. "We owed the fans because they've been unbelievable.

"We hope this is a turning point, but we've had good performances and good results and not followed it up. We cannot get carried away."

Moyes singled out the performance of Giggs - whom the club were forced to deny had had a bust-up with his manager earlier this week - after the 40-year-old, who started for the first time since January, starred in the centre of midfield.

"His two passes made two of the goals," Moyes said. "His passing was fantastic and his all-round play was very good. He defies his age. He is a great player. Everyone who has been at Manchester United knows he is a great player.

"Sometimes you might be thinking, he'll need to come off after 60 minutes, but he's a freak, he really is. He's something different."

Moyes explained Giggs' recent omission by adding: "I thought he is 40 years old and I need to be looking to the future. I have been trying to give everyone opportunities.

"Tactically I needed him to play a certain role which he knew and he understands with his experience and he carried it out perfectly as well as assisting in the goals.

"We have to look to see what we do, Ryan Giggs can't go on forever, we know that. We have to be looking to find the new Ryan Giggs and the new players."

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