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Rooney: Olympiakos comeback can trigger special end to season

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is hoping that Wednesday's Champions League win over Olympiakos will be the catalyst for a "special" end to the season.

The Red Devils fought back from a two-goal first-leg deficit to beat the Greek champions 3-0 at Old Trafford, with a hat trick from Robin van Persie sending United through to the last eight.

Rooney played a vital role in the victory that has helped ease the pressure on manager David Moyes and the England international believes that the Premier League champion owed its manager a performance.

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He told Sky Sports: "Of course we did [owed Moyes a result and performance]. We owed ourselves a good result. The fans, the manager, everyone. This is a great result and hopefully this will kickstart our season and we can start something really special."

When asked what was the key to victory, Rooney added: "Just desire to win. The fans were fantastic against Liverpool and again tonight they were brilliant and they deserve this. It was a big result, a big performance and we're delighted for them."

United now joins Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the draw for the quarterfinals, which takes place on March 21, with the first legs to be played on April 1 and 2.

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