Wayne Rooney admitted Manchester United owed David Moyes a positive result after they overturned a two-goal first-leg deficit against Olympiakos to reach the Champions league quarter-finals.
Robin van Persie netted a hat-trick as United triumphed 3-0 at Old Trafford to relieve some of the pressure on their beleaguered boss.
Moyes’ position has come under intense scrutiny after a series of disappointing performances and results, but Rooney believes the second-leg victory illustrates that United’s will to win has not deserted them.
When asked what the biggest factor was behind their recovery, Rooney told Sky Sports 1HD: "It was just the desire to win. As you can hear, the fans in particular, the support has been fantastic.
"Against Liverpool they were fantastic. They were fantastic again tonight and we’re delighted for them."
Rooney also accepted that the players owed Moyes, adding: "Of course we do. And we owed ourselves a good result. These fans, the manager, everyone.