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Manchester United vs Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund vs Zenit St Petersburg, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

manchester united olympiakos programme Manchester United vs Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund vs Zenit St Petersburg, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

Manchester United’s official matchday programme United Review sums up the situation at Old Trafford today with the headline “Let’s go for it!” emblazoned across the front cover. With United 2-0 down on aggregate, David Moyes’s side has everything to do to try to qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

In the other tie, Dortmund have a 4-2 aggregate advantage against Zenit.

Here is today’s TV/Internet schedule for soccer fans in the US:

Manchester United vs Olympiakos, 3:45pm, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Borussia Dortmund vs Zenit St Petersburg, 3:45pm, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus and  FOX Soccer 2Go

Starting line-ups:

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Jones, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Welbeck; Rooney, van Persie

Subs: Lindegaard, Fellaini, Fletcher, Januzaj, Kagawa, Young, Hernandez.

Olympiakos: Roberto, Maniatis, Holebas, Manolas, Marcano, Leandro Salino, N’Dinga, Perez, David Fuster, Campbell, Dominguez

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Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Sokratis, Schmelzer; Sahin, Kehl; Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski.

Zenit St Petersburg: Malafeev; Anyukov, Hubocan, Lombaerts, Criscito; Witsel, Fayzulin; Hulk, Shatov, Danny; Kerzhakov.

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Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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33 Responses to Manchester United vs Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund vs Zenit St Petersburg, 2nd Leg: Open Thread

  1. San Fransiscan says:

    Come on UNITED!!!!

    Oh who am I kidding?

  2. goatslookshifty says:

    Ferdinand??? Won’t playing 90 minutes interfere with his tweeting?

  3. Mufc77 says:

    Fox1 is nothing but commercials every 30 seconds

  4. Flyvanescence says:

    Nothin like trottin out the good ol’ 4-4-2, Moyes. Legend.

  5. Christopher Harris says:

    David De Gea with another kick-save!

  6. San Fransiscan says:

    Well now, why don’t we play like that all the time?

    Hopefully the tempo will be kept for the second half.

    If Olympiakos scores one goal, it will shut everyone up, keep the concentration level high and we’re there in the QF.

  7. Mufc77 says:

    Moyes will bring on 8 defenders in the 2nd half

  8. Smokey Bacon says:

    It’s all set up for an away goal in the 89th minute. Moyes will find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

  9. M Owen says:

    Yesss moyes will manage united for another couple of weeks.

  10. Balboa77 says:

    You know how RVP is worth every penny? Look at him milk that clock, pretending to be hurt on the pitch. As sure as his loyalty is full of sh!t, so is his “injury”.

    • San Fransiscan says:

      Is that sore grapes I’m hearing? :)

    • Jack says:

      You’re so pathetic. I mean that’s just disgraceful from you as a person. He hurt his ligament for Christ’s sake. Did you not see the replay of the knee going into his leg? I get if you hate the guy but your one of those people with Tribal instincts where you cheer injuries and things of such a nature. It’s just a game that’s all no need to be such a prick. The moment the defender clattered him he clutched his leg in pain and we all know he’s a fragile one. The internet really brings out the worst in people.

  11. Ivan says:

    That’s a bad result for United…it guarantees that the team will be severely exposed by a top footballing side (Real, Bayern, Barcelona, Dortmund), with an aggregate score of 1:7 in the next round…

    • Jack says:

      Only an idiot would say that. I’d rather get hammered by a World Class side than lose to Olimpiakos. We shouldn’t even be in the QF but we will enjoy it. What’s with the pathetic hate. At least say United will get battered by a top side not something so daft.
      If you asked any fan of a prem team that doesn’t qualify for the UCL perennially which teams they would dream of playing against Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, Milan etc. Would come up regardless of whether they’d get battered or not.

      • Balboa77 says:

        You would rather focus on and lose two uefa matches that will no doubt take resources and time away from finishing 4th place? And you call Ivan an idiot?

        United needs to focus of the EPL and win out so they have a fighting chance at finishing 4th and getting that last Champions League spot. Wanting your club to lose to a top club in the Champions League so you have something to watch on Tues/Weds is just plain ignorant.

        • San Fransiscan says:

          United can focus on two competitions.

          • M Owen says:

            ehem not really.

          • San Fransiscan says:

            ehem yes really.

          • Jack says:

            San Fransican ignorance is bliss. I guess an extra 5 games (Thats if we make it all the way to the final) really takes away resources from the team. United has been better in the Ucl than the prem all season long and 5 + 9 . 14 That’s how many games we would have remaining in the season and it’s March that’s not fixture congestion and even if United win out they need one of Arsenal or Liverpool to lose 5 games which isn’t happening evenin an ideal world.
            If you took time to read the comment I clearly stated that I’d rather lose to a good side badly than a poor side. You must not support a big Club because that’s just pure cowardice. Where in that did I say I wanted United to lose? These players are used to playing in multiple competitions in the latter half of the season so your statement just becomes null and void. I can’t ever remember United missing out on the FA Cup or League title because of the UEFA Champions League or even back when the European Cup was around. If I apply your idiotic logic to Chelsea Real Barca Madrid PSG Atletico and Dortmund that means they should all drop out the Champions league because they’re in a title race and Dortmund because they’re battling for a Champions league spot? Why did Chelsea bother to even play in 2012 then? That’s some real intelligence you have there my friend. A football supporter will always hope forthe best and winning the Champions league which is the Crown Jewel of Club football is the priority for all 32 managers in the competition.
            Cup runs benefit teams and give them boosts. Had we lost to Olimpiakos I doubt the we would have a chance of beating City but now the lads are brimming with Confidence.

    • Jack says:

      I apologise for calling you an idiot Ivan. Game still had my blood boiling.
      But on the 1-7 aggregate business. Barcelona lost 7nil to Bayern with a side as good as there’s so imo it can’t get much worse than that for United.

  12. Scrumper says:

    Best game l’ve seen Fellaini play.

  13. San Fransiscan says:

    Looks like Fox won’t show the draw live. Unless you have foxsoccer2go.

  14. Brian says:

    United and Moyes needed this win very badly. Takes a lot of pressure off for a while.

    How well United do in the quarters will depend on who they are drawn against. Dortmund aren’t as good this season as last season so if United play them they have a chance of beating them over the two legs. Friday’s draw will be interesting.

  15. Mufc77 says:

    Don’t they draw the quarter & semi finals at the same time?

    • jtm371 says:

      Congrats on your side advancing i guess i was delusional.Answer me this how could you be so awful vs Pool and then play like that today?

      I know i will put the crack pipe down but MUFC wins the CL and Pool finishes 4th that would be a bad beat.

      • Mufc77 says:

        Our performances in Europe have been generally good this season. The slower style of play doesn’t make our god awful central midfield stand out as much. Not much can be said about the Liverpool game they played great and we never showed up. The managers lack of tactics didn’t help much either but that’s been the story of the season as far as our league form goes.

        Tonight just confirmed we have the talent on the pitch to win games but unless you have a manager to put it all together its never going to work. I still say Moyes is gone in the summer.

    • San Fransiscan says:

      Not this year for some reason.

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