David Moyes Sends Manchester United Warning to Bayern, Barcelona and Co.

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 20, 2014

Manchester United manager David Moyes celebrates after his team's 3-0 Champions League last 16 second leg soccer match win against Olympiakos at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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David Moyes has warned Manchester United's European rivals his side are a match for anyone in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Robin van Persie's hat-trick helped the Red Devils to a 3-2 aggregate win over Olympiakos to book their place in the last-eight.

Chelsea, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain await Moyes' men in the next round.

Speaking at his post-match press conference, Moyes recognised that his side may be underdogs, but he hopes that victory over the Greek outfit will be a catalyst for success, per the Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler:

There was a real tempo which maybe we haven’t seen at Old Trafford for a lot of games here this season. I don’t want to say this is the moment, but in the same breath I really hope it is.

I've said it before and it hasn't ended up as we wanted. [...]

We will probably be underdogs depending on the draw but hopefully we can do it—I don’t see why not. I genuinely think this club is capable of it.

If we play to our capabilities, which we haven’t done too often, then we can be a match for any team.

Moyes also moved to praise van Persie, whose goals saw United safely through and within a chance of their second Champions League title in six years, as tweeted by Manchester United:

The match saw plenty of urgency from United's stars, knowing that they had to overcome a two-goal deficit in order to book their place in the next round.

The Dutch striker's commitment to the cause was telling, not only through his goals but also his team contribution. It was a refreshing sight from van Persie, who maintains he wants to commit his future to the Red Devils, per the Mirror's Liam Prenderville.

BT Sport commentator Ian Darke questioned why only now the tempo was turned up at Old Trafford, and not in previous league matches, tweeting:

The quarter-final draw will be made on Friday, with live streaming available on the UEFA.com website.

Moyes may be hoping his side can avoid Spanish opposition, having been dumped out of the competition by Real Madrid in last year's round of 16.

The club also suffered defeat in the 2011 final against Barcelona and lost to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League round of 16 in 2012.

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United take on West Ham, Manchester City and Aston Villa before their quarter-final first leg on either April 1 or 2, before a trip to Newcastle United.

The second leg will then get underway on April 8 or 9, with the side then given an 11-day break before travelling to Everton. 

The Red Devils sit seventh in the league on 48 points, three points behind the Toffees, who occupy the final Europa League qualifying spot.

Fixture congestion could see United stretched over April but, sitting 12 points behind fourth-placed City, they are likely to prioritise the Champions League as their only way of returning to the competition next season.