Manchester United enjoyed 4-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend but now face the daunting task of hosting European Champions Bayern Munich at Old Trafford. Pressure has been steadily mounting on David Moyes’ shoulders and not many fans are expected much from this game, but a good result could do wonders for his future at the club. Robin van Persie is still out with an injury while Patrice Evra sits out having to serve his suspension for accumulated yellow cards. Juan Mata is cup tied and is ineligible.
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1): Neur, Lahm, Boateng, van Buyten, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Martinez, Robben, Ribery, Kroos, Mandzukic
Pep Guardiola had the luxury of fielding a second string side in their recent 3-3 home draw against Hoffenheim, as Bayern Munich clinched the German League title during mid-week. They may have ended a 19-match winning streak, but it is not important with their mind already set on getting the required result at Old Trafford. Thiago Alcantara, who was a Manchester United target during the summer, tore a ligament in his right knee in the 3-3 home draw and will miss both legs of the encounter. Holger Badstuber is also sidelined, while defender Dante serves his one match suspension.
I can already see the Champions League April Fool’s joke…Man United 3 – 1 Bayern Munich
— Morena (@_Mrena) March 31, 2014
Oh no Man united up against Bayern in april! NO IDEA WHICH CLUB TO ROOT FOR SINCE THEY’RE BOTH MY FAVOURITES
— Muhammad Faiz™ (@Flamefaiz) March 31, 2014
Score predictions for Man United v Bayern? I think 16-0 to Bayern sounds good.
— David Gregson (@LFCDavid7) March 30, 2014
Probably the greatest European night in English football history. Still amazes us till this very day.
This may be against Bayern Munich, but the Manchester United players will be ready for them at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney was in inspired form during their 4-1 win over Aston Villa and will go all out to keep United’s Champions League hopes alive.
Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich: An Alternative Preview
Manchester United have kept a clean sheet in five of their eight Champions League games this season; no side has kept more.
Since the 1999 Champions League final, Man Utd have won just one of their six Champions League encounters with Bayern Munich (W1 D2 L3).
However, Manchester United have won their last five Champions League matches against German opposition, two of which came against Bayer Leverkusen this season.
United have scored in each of their last 14 Champions League meetings with German clubs, but the last one to stop them scoring was Bayern in March 2002.
Bayern have won six and drawn one of their last seven matches in the CL knockout stages, but the last team to defeat them in the KO stages were English (Arsenal – 0-2 in March 2013).
Bayern have managed the highest average possession figure in the CL this season so far (69.3%).
The Red Devils have won all four of their Champions League games at Old Trafford this season, keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three.
Bayern Munich have won seven successive Champions League away games and are unbeaten in their last nine away in the competition (W8 D1).
Bayern have only failed to score in one of their last 27 Champions League matches, but this came against English opposition (Arsenal in March 2013).
Bayern have attempted the most shots at goal (117) and on target (65) in the Champions League so far this season.
No side has won more penalties than Bayern Munich in the Champions League this season (4), but they have only scored two of these.
Arjen Robben has won all four of these penalties – no other player has won more than two.
Franck Ribery has created more goalscoring chances than any other player in the Champions League this season (21).