The striker spent two seasons at Greek side Olympiakos before arriving at Everton and knows intimately just what will confront former boss David Moyes in the hostile Karaiskakis Stadium tonight.
Mirallas believes United’s main hope of playing alongside Europe’s elite next season is by winning the Champions League this term given their Premier League difficulties, but said the first leg would provide a test of their temperament as well as their talent.
“It’s going to be a difficult game for both teams,” said Mirallas, who scored 34 goals in just 67 appearances for Olympiakos before a £6million switch to Goodison Park in the summer of 2012.
“There is more pressure on Manchester United given the way their season has gone. They are a little bit off the pace in the league. So for them it is a chance to save their season. They are almost obliged to go on and maybe win the Champions League.
It won’t be easy for them playing out there in Greece
“The away match is first for United and I know exactly what it’s like to go there and play. It’s not easy. Obviously they have a lot of quality players who will be able to cope with that environment and atmosphere, but I repeat it won’t be easy for them playing out there in Greece.”
Mirallas admits he is torn out of loyalty to the Greek side, but also to Moyes, as to who he wants to progress into the quarter-finals.
“As an ex-Olympiakos player I think they can go through, and as an ex-Olympiakos player I’d like them to go through,” he said. “It would be great for the supporters, who I think a lot of, and for Greece as a whole.
“But on the other side of things I feel for my ex-manager and I would be pleased for him if they went through.”
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