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Rooney urges fans to maintain support

Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United supporters to keep on backing their struggling team as they bid to reach the last eight of the Champions League.

Sources: Board discussing Moyes’ future
Mitten: Fans defiant but patience running out
Jolly: Howard backing Moyes
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United fans came in for praise from David Moyes for the way they stuck by their team during Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool and, although United have lost six times at Old Trafford this season, the supporters have not yet turned on the manager.

United meet Olympiakos on Wednesday trailing 2-0 after the first leg in Greece, and Rooney is convinced they need such fervent support again if they are to progress to the quarterfinals.

Rooney, who had branded the Liverpool game “a nightmare,” wrote on his Facebook page: “It was one of the worst days I’ve had in football and was hard to take. Having said that, the fans were brilliant right until the end under difficult circumstances so I would like to thank them for that.

“We need to move on as we have a big game on Wednesday. If the fans can repeat an atmosphere like Sunday, then we will have a good chance of going through. Thanks again for all your support.”

Olympiakos wrapped up the Greek title on Saturday with a 2-0 win over Panthrakikos.

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