It was the manner of the defeat more than anything.
A striker considered brilliant enough to pay £300k a week, a striker who only last year was hailed as the “one man in a one man team”, and a heafty bulk of the England squad, for a team lavished with such riches, Manchester United made an “easy” draw look like a tie against Pele’s Brazil.
Olympiakos are a name synonymous with European mediocrity. Often the whipping boys in group stages, and stranger to the knockout stages as Justin Bieber is to shaving, this should have been a free pass to the quarters. […]