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A hat-trick from Robin van Persie sent David Moyes's side through to the last eight of the Champions League and the England striker was again full of praise for the supporters

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 champions owed their 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 join Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the draw for the quarter-finals, which takes place on March 21, with the first legs to be played on April 1 and 2.

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