Wayne Rooney has admitted that Manchester United owed David Moyes after the club sealed their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 3-2 aggregate win over Olympiakos.
Moyes' position has come under media scrutiny in the last few days following the club's abject performance in the 3-0 defeat to Liverpool, however, a Robin Van Persie hat-trick has alleviated some pressure off the former Everton boss.
Speaking after the win, Rooney revealed that a desire to win and the fact that they owed Moyes a performance was behind the upturn in fortune.
"It was just the desire to win. As you can hear, the fans in particular, the support has been fantastic” Rooney told Sky Sports
"Against Liverpool they were fantastic. They were fantastic again tonight and we're delighted for them.
On owing Moyes a performance, Rooney added "Of course we do. And we owed ourselves a good result. These fans, the manager, everyone.
"This is a great result and hopefully it can kick-start our season and the start of something really special."
One man who played a key role in the win was Ryan Giggs. The midfielder, making his 140th appearance in the Champions league, played his part in two of the goals and showed all his experience in the middle of the park.
The player-coach also paid tribute to the home support after the game.
"It was always going to be tough not to concede a goal once you score three goals but we managed it and with the help of the crowd, we got over the finishing line," he said.
"Of course there's pressure, especially after Sunday - a disappointing performance and result. We owed the fans this result because they were unbelievable."