moyes hails players response to liverpool defeat
David Moyes praised his side for the spirit they showed, especially after a difficult couple of days following the Liverpool defeat.
"The way the players responded after Sunday's defeat (was most pleasing)," he said. "I did say to them on Monday morning that we'd have to win 3-0 and give crowd something back. The crowds have been incredible. They deserved it. They deserved a good night, because we've not given them many good nights this season.
"We looked to get behind them. The players were incredibly committed. They are hurting as well, they know we are not doing as well as we should be doing. We didn't play well in Olympiakos. Tonight they put it right – they deserved it. The players gave everything ."
Defeat to Liverpool had led to more questions over Moyes' position, but he denied he felt any pressure that he might lose his job. "I don't think so," he said.
"People will probably think it's a turning point in people's careers. I didn't see it that way because I know the club have got here and the club know what they've got here.
"I'm not feeling any pressure from inside the club. It's all coming from you people. Everybody is fine, we know the job I have to do. It's a big job, probably bigger than we all expected when I first came in."
Moyes was wary of describing the win as a turning point for his side's season, after experiencing too many false dawns already since arriving at Old Trafford.
"That question has been asked of me every time we have a good victory and we've never backed it up," he said. "I'd love to say 'yes' and that's the answer, but I think we know we've got a lot of work to do here. We've had a great result tonight and we're going to try and keep going in the competition. We know it is going to be a struggle. We're looking forward to whoever we get in the draw."
Moyes was also able to deliver good news on Van Persie's knee injury, adding: "It doesn't look that bad. He got a knock around the knee injury, so we don't know exactly. It could just be a knee in the back of knee. It was a great hat-trick."