Bayern Munich Vs Manchester United Preview

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11 years ago Manchester United and Bayern Munich played each other in one of the most famous Champions League finals. Bayern had taken an early lead but with two injury time goals Man United were the team who lifted the cup. Tomorrow Bayern will be looking to get some revenge and take one step into the Champions League semi-finals.

Since that night the teams have played each other four times in the Champions League, Bayern have won twice and we have seen two draws.

Ahead of the game Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested that his team were scared of Wayne Rooney. Bayern coach Louis van Gaal has made it clear that Bayern do not fear Rooney or United, infact United should fear his side.

Van Gaal said: “I never have fear and my players don’t have any fear either.”
"We value Rooney's quality. He is a super footballer.

"When he was younger, I often wondered whether he had the vision in his game.
"He has developed that now and is very hard to mark out of the game.

"But we can manage because we also have quality. Ferguson and his players should be scared of that."

The German side may be without two of their biggest stars with both Arjen Robben and United target Franck Ribery both doubtful.They are definitely without Bastian Schweinsteiger who is serving a one-match ban. Mario Gomez is thought to have fully recovered from a calf injury and is expected to return.

Man United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that he believes United’s defence will be key:

"The back four have been solid, together again.”

"[Edwin] Van Der Sar has returned again, because there was a time in the season when all those players were injured and it wasn't easy, we were very fragile.

"But you can see the solidity now, you can see the experience of these players and it is making a massive difference to the performance of the team.

"It is a true saying, 'strong at the back, strong as a team', and we are looking very strong now."

Man United have been boosted with the news that striker Wayne Rooney and defender Rio Ferdinand have been passed fit to play. United are still without Wes Brown, Anderson, John O’Shea and Michael Owen who are all long term absentees.

The full squad who travelled out to Germany this morning is-

Edwin Van Der Sar, Ben Foster, Tomasz Kuszczak; Gary Neville, Rafael Da Silva, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Ritchie De Laet; Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher, Darron Gibson, Paul Scholes, Gabriel Obertan, Luis Nani, Antonio Valencia, Ji-sung Park, Ryan Giggs; Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov and Federico Macheda.

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