United, Bayern Top Q/Final Games

This week’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg matches feature six former winners, with two of them, Manchester United and reigning champions Bayern Munich, resuming their classic rivalry at Old Trafford on Tuesday, 1 April.
Barcelona host Atletico Madrid in an all-Spanish clash, Real Madrid embark on a revenge mission against Borussia Dortmund, and Paris Saint-Germain meet Chelsea for the first time in the competition.
That impressive line-up features the top three in Spain’s La Liga, the top two in the German Bundesliga, the French Ligue 1 leaders and the second-placed side in the English Premier League. The odd men out are Manchester United, who lie in an unfamiliar seventh place in England.
However, there is much at stake for the English giants in this the tenth meeting between the two sides in European competitions. Bayern have a slight edge in the head-to-head, with three wins, two defeats and four draws. David Moyes’ side, who have been struggling in the league and lie ten points adrift of the final Champions League place, will have to make do without the injured Robin van Persie and the suspended Patrice Evra.
Happily for them, Wayne Rooney, who is close to becoming the first English player to score 30 goals in the competition, is in sparkling form, finding the back of the net with regularity and providing assists aplenty for his team-mates.
The Europeans champions, meanwhile, have already sealed their 24th German title, though their 19-game winning run came to an end in a 3-3 home draw with Hoffenheim at the weekend, a game in which their Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara also picked up an injury that will keep him out of the tie. That high-scoring draw was also the first time that Bayern have conceded three goals since 18 May 2013.
Worryingly for United, however, the Germans have won their last seven away games in Europe and have scored in each of their last 13 Champions League matches.
The two sides have met twice before this stage of the competition, with Bayern advancing on both occasions, though United will always have fond memories of their stunning, last-gasp 2-1 defeat of the Bavarians in the 1999 final.


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