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Greek tragedy forgotten by focused Reds – Moyes

Manchester United boss David Moyes insists the Greek tragedy that unfolded before his eyes in Athens 10 days ago is nothing but a distant memory now.

United were favourites to leave Greece with a lead from the first leg of their Champions League game with Olympiacos, but nothing went to plan.

The Greeks ran out 2-0 winners, leaving United's hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals hanging by a thread.

Moyes has had plenty to ponder during the week-and-a-half gap between that defeat and today's Premier League game against West Brom.

He has addressed fans' concerns in a magazine column, and he has travelled across Europe to watch his players and some potential targets.

The Scot looked refreshed from the break when he addressed the media yesterday and he is convinced that the Olympiacos defeat will not have a lingering effect on his squad.

"It was a disappointing night in Olympiacos," the United manager admitted.

"None of us thought we would perform so poorly but since then we have picked ourselves up. We have had to recover and get ready for the next one."


In Moyes' letter, he thanked the fans for their support during a season which he admitted had gone far worse than he ever expected.

Moyes is happy he has continued to receive the backing of the United support during his maiden season.

Moyes will be in the rare position today where it is the opposition manager whose future is under the spotlight more than his own.

Pepe Mel has failed to win during his six games in charge of West Brom.

However, United will not need to be reminded about the talented players Mel has at his disposal after the Baggies pulled off one of the shock results of the season in September when they beat United 2-1 at Old Trafford when Steve Clarke was still in charge.

That defeat was an early sign that United were headed for stormy waters and Moyes does not want to lose to the Baggies again.