Scholes backs Manchester United to reach Champions League final

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Paul Scholes believes Manchester United can go all the way in the Champions League this year, despite the club's domestic struggles in the post Sir Alex Ferguson era.

The 39-year-old - who retired alongside the former Red Devils boss last summer - has faith in his old club's ability to reach another major final, having saved their best performances this season for Europe's elite club competition.

David Moyes's side rallied to win their last-16 second leg 3-0 against Olympiakos at Old Trafford, progressing to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

The performance was reminiscent of the Manchester United of old, and helped mask their domestic deficiencies in 2013/14, with the reigning champions lying 18 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, and in a lowly seventh place in the table with just nine games remaining.

"For some reason, the team's best performances have come in the Champions League [this season]," Scholes was quoted by Reuters telling reporters in Singapore on Friday.

"If they play like they did on Wednesday, I don't see why they can't reach the final.

"It's been a difficult season so far, but getting to the final of the Champions League would make for a good ending."

Manchester United fans' hopes were high heading into today's last-eight draw in Nyon, Switzerland, but after being pulled out to face holders Bayern Munich in the next round, the reality of the European task has hit home once again.

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