Manchester United have minuscule chance of progression

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Statistics produced by the Daily Mirror show that Manchester United have just a 3.7 per cent chance of progression in the Champions League tonight.

The British newspaper has analysed Champions League ties dating back to 1994-95 - the year UEFA implemented the two-legged knock-out system - and it doesn't look good for David Moyes.

The United boss hasn't really talked up his team's chances tonight, insisting that they will "try" their best to progress, but maybe he's had a peek at these numbers already.

Because if history is anything to go by, United have the smallest of chances tonight.

Looking back over 200 games, the Daily Mirror discovered that 134 ties ended the first-leg with a winner.

From those 134 ties, just five teams losing by two or more goals had overturned the deficit to progress to the next round. That results in a 3.7 per cent chance - not good for United.

Obviously, these statistics do not take into account relative strength of the two teams, form, fitness and home or away advantage.

United may be woefully short of form, but they possess a much stronger team than their Greek opponents and are playing at home.

Despite their struggles, many would not be surprised if they managed to at least force extra time.

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