Manchester United face Bayern Munich in the 1st leg of the quarter-final of the Champions League at Old Trafford. David Moyes’ side who have struggled in the English Premier League and exited the domestic cup competitions early on, take on Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich who have already been crowned Bundesliga champions, and are now in search of a treble for the second year running. (Read: Manchester United draw 1-1 with Bayern Munich)
Bayern Munich have surely drawn the weakest side in the Champions League quarter-final round. Manchester United were almost out of the competition when Olympiakos grabbed a 2-0 win at home in the 1st leg, but Robin van Persie’s hat-trick saved United the blushes as they won 3-0 at Old Trafford to reach the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate. The Dutchman also picked up an injury which rules him out of both the legs against the German powerhouse.
Manchester United lack a regular left-back as Patrice Evra is suspended for the 1st leg and will have to make due with Alexander Buttner who has hardly featured for David Moyes this season. The pacey left-back is great while attacking but is often found missing when United need men for defence. Buttner seems confident though, as he said, “I know enough from what I’ve seen to know how Arjen Robben plays the game.” (Manchester United beat Aston Villa 4-1)
Wayne Rooney has been in great form after since Van Persie has been sidelined. The Englishman has picked up four goals on the trot. But those goals have come when he’s played alongside Juan Mata who is cup-tied.
If there is a weakness in the Bayern side, it’s in the defence as Dante who regularly partners Jerome Boateng at center-back is out with suspension. So Javi Martinez will drop to the center-back position. But Bayern Munich’s midfield collection is enough to rattle United. Even though Thiago Alcantara will miss the clash with injury, they still boast Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos.