The Olympiakos coach, Michel, has sympathy for David Moyes but is clear his players are "not scared" of knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League, a result which would pile more pressure on the embattled Scot.
Michel's side take a 2-0 lead to Old Trafford for Wednesday evening's Champions League last-16 second leg and the Spaniard is conscious that defeating the three-times European Cup winners would make for a famous night in his club's history.
Asked if the team was fearful at the prospect of such an opportunity, Michel said: "My players are not scared of anything. Maybe the manager is a bit more scared than the players.
"I have sympathy for all managers because I am one of them. We know he [David Moyes] works very hard. Sometimes results don't mirror this. It is nothing personal. It's already a big achievement to be given the opportunity to knock Manchester United out.
"David Moyes is not an enemy. We have opposite objectives. Excluding that, I don't like seeing any manager suffering what David Moyes is suffering as Manchester United manager but Manchester United is a big club and I know results will come good soon."
Michel refused to be drawn on the opposition's dismal season. "We know the situation at Manchester United but this has nothing to do with us," he said. "All we have to do is play our game. We cannot rely on their difficulties. We must play to our advantages.
"We would like the game to go the same way as the first leg but we know it will be a different United – more determination and urgency on their behalf. All we want is good performance. We definitely need one goal. We cannot just sit back protecting our 2-0 lead."
United were particularly disappointing in the first leg defeat in Athens, with Michel suggesting he was not surprised at this. "The work of a football team shows on the pitch. There are no secrets and no surprises. We played well and we deserved to win," he said. "We will need a good performance to win."