Bayern Munich favourites but Manchester United F.C. aren't underdogs, says Ryan Giggs

Mar 31 2014, 22:12 IST
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Bayern won on their last trip to Manchester United when they beat City 3-1 in a group match in October. (Reuters) Bayern won on their last trip to Manchester United when they beat City 3-1 in a group match in October. (Reuters)
SummaryHolders Bayern Munich are the favourites but Manchester United F.C. do not consider themselves to be underdogs for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday, according to Ryan Giggs.

Holders FC Bayern Munich are the favourites but Manchester United F.C. do not consider themselves to be underdogs for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Old Trafford on Tuesday, according to Ryan Giggs.

The clash of two of Europe's biggest clubs will forever revive memories of their epic 1999 Champions League final in Barcelona when United scored twice in stoppage time to beat the German side 2-1.

FC Bayern Munich won on their last trip to Manchester United F.C. when they beat City 3-1 in a group match in October and a repeat of that scoreline would almost certainly set up Pep Guardiola's team to reach the last four.

But Giggs, who played in the final 15 years ago, remains confident of a Manchester United F.C. success against opponents who wrapped up the Bundesliga title last week.

"Obviously FC Bayern Munich are a fantastic team," said Giggs, who will move to within one of Raul's record total of 142 Champions League appearance if he plays on Tuesday.

Now player-coach at Old Trafford, the 40-year-old Welshman told reporters: "They're the holders and Pep Guardiola's taken over and added a few new players and they're a very strong team.

"They're obviously favourites in most people's eyes but we're Manchester United at Old Trafford and we've seen so many good nights there, in Europe especially.

"So as players we don't see ourselves as underdogs, we see ourselves as Manchester United F.C. playing at home in the Champions League.

"We can't wait. These are the games that you want to be involved in as a player. We'll go out there and, yes it's going to be tough, but we're confident."

DIFFICULT SEASON

Although they have endured a difficult first season under David Moyes and are seventh in the Premier League, Manchester United F.C. have won all four home matches in the Champions League.

Guardiola, however, steered Barcelona to two Champions League final victories over United in 2009 and 2011 and while he has vast experience of this competition, Moyes is taking charge of a team at the quarter-final stage for the first time.

Moyes echoed Giggs's optimism, although experienced left back Patrice Evra is suspended and will miss the chance to renew his rivalry with Bayern's Arjen Robben.

"We know that on our day we're as good a side as any but we have to show it more often," Moyes said.

"I've got great belief in the players and I've said that from day one

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