Manchester United take on the best side in club football in just a matter of hours, as Moyes and his men look set to battle it out against the likes of Pep Guardiola, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery under the Old Trafford floodlights. It could be one of those special nights at the Theatre of Dreams, so hopefully 75,000 will sing their hearts out.
United have already unveiled a mosaic that’ll be on show before kick-off, but essentially it’ll come down to what happens on the turf. We simply have to keep it tight early on as Bayern will look to press us high up the pitch. Our midfield is the key area, and if we go for three in the middle of the park then they have to fight for every ball like their lives depend on it.
The chances are that Bayern will boss us for ninety minutes, but at the end of the day its football and absolutely anything could happen. Despite how bad we’ve been playing all year long we’ll all have confidence going into this game because we know we are capable of beating anyone on our day. I just hope the lads remember that crest on their shirt and remember who they’re playing for.
KO: 19:45 BST
Venue: Old Trafford
Date: 1st April 2014
Manchester United go into this one in mixed form. David Moyes has struggled to get his tactics right against the teams above us in the league, but our form in Europe (putting Olympiacos away aside) has been pretty good.
Bayern have already won their domestic league, and were able to rest a whole host of first-teamers at the weekend as they drew 3-3 at Hoffenheim. Their form in Europe has been superb, and they’ve already beaten both City and Arsenal away this season.
Last six in the league
United: WWLWLW – 12 points
Bayern: WWWWWD – 16 points
Manchester United 3-2 Bayern
The game took place at Old Trafford back in 2010, with Bayern leading the tie after a slender 2-1 victory at the Allianz Arena. United scored three quick goals to lead 4-2 on aggregate but a Rafael sending off was the turning point. Bayern scored through Olic, and eventually Robben sent the Bavarian side through on away goals.
Robin van Persie is still out with a knee injury and it’ll be a while before he’ll be available again. Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans will both face late fitness tests ahead of the game, but I’d be surprised if either made the starting XI after being sidelined for so long. Rafael came off in the win at the weekend, but his fitness is unknown. Patrice Evra is banned so Alex Buttner could deputise at left-back.
Score prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Bayern Munich
It could be one of those special nights at Old Trafford tonight, and hopefully the crowd will be in full voice and roar the lads home. Keeping Bayern Munich from scoring will be the key to this game, and if we can somehow sneak a draw to go to Germany with I’ll be relatively happy.