Bayern Munich v Man United Preview by Ben Williams

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Manchester United tonight take a first leg 1-1 draw to the Allianz Arena tonight, as David looks set to conquer Goliath and secure The Red Devils’ passage into the Champions League Semi-Final. Well it seems Goliath has changed his name to the more conservative “Pep”.

On paper, it is conclusively a match that offers no other outcome than yet another home trouncing from the Bundesliga champions. Betting slips world wide will simply contain the name Bayern Munich. Accumulators will carry them as a “home banker”, but is all really as it seems in the lead up to this clash of two footballing heavyweights?

You see, ’cause Bayern Munich, the almighty Munchen, have failed to secure a win in there last three games. Admittedly, the foot may be off the gas after securing their 24th league title last month. But momentum is everything in football. Bayern busted coupons worldwide with their 3-3 draw with Hoffienheim, surrendering their 100% home record for the 13/14 campaign. This was followed by the tie at Old Trafford, with a performance some might say was far from the standards Pep Guardiola has set for the Barvarians. This has then been rounded off bitterly by a 1-0 defeat to Ausburg. Some would argue the focus has shifted to the Champions League soley, with the league title wrapped up. If so, the lack of form could be an extremely dangerous disguise for an extremely prepared Munich.

David Moyes’ boys however, carry some momentum into this game. It seems they have dusted themselves down following the 3-0 drumming from neighbouring rivals Manchester City, and find themselves unbeaten in 3, scoring 9 and conceding just 2. It also seems United have found their place on the road this season. Given the demise of the fortress they once called Old Trafford, The Red’s find themselves impreesively having won 4 out of 5 away ties. Nevertheless it’s worth noting that United have only managed one win on foreign shores in the Champions League this campaign, notably losing the away tie in the previous round to lowly Olympiakos.

Mr Guardiola has launched a somewhat disguised attack on Moyes’ side, and English football in general, after predicting his opposite number will merely try to park the bus, and punish with a set piece. A “West Ham”, for want of a better phrase.

To be fair, I can’t help but not agree with Pep. I can’t see how Manchester United with their current playing squad can launch any form of notably dangerous offensive play on Munich. Munich, very well organised Munich, would gratefully receive this and proceed to tear the opposition apart as a result. Their playing squad, their mentality, their home support, all components which would provoke David Moyes to flee the Allianz Arena with Community Shield in hand.

Another disadvantage to the English side, is the question mark that lies over £300,000 a week Wayne Rooney. I insert his salary into his title as it still blows my poor little mind upon pondering a human being earning such an honest crust. Rooney missed United’s last outing with a bruised toe….yes, a bruised toe. On reflection from the outside we never know the full extent of an injury, so we can’t comment. But I’d just like to make Mr Rooney aware that I stood on a plug last night, yet still managed to sprint (with asthma) for the train this morning.

If Rooney doesn’t play, I can’t see United having any remote chance. I mean, the chance i currently assign to them is very very slim. But without arguably United’s key offensive weapon, they just won’t have the firepower to trouble Neuer’s goal in the slightest.

For me, it should be a great game. United will certainly put up a fight. But the Germans just possess to much to not be able to put this game to bed. It will be 1-1 in the 60th minute, our dear old David Moyes will bring on 2 defenders and a goalkeeper, and Bayern will cruise to a 3-1 victory.

My prediction :

Bayern Munich 3-1 Manchester United. (4-2 on aggregate)

Ben Williams

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