English rivals provide Manchester United's inspiration for second leg against Bayern Munich

Apr 03 2014, 13:52 IST
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SummaryManchester United can take heart from rivals Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea when they travel to Bayern Munich next week

Manchester United F.C. can take heart from rivals Manchester City F.C., Arsenal F.C. and Chelsea F.C. when they travel to FC Bayern Munich next week looking for the result that will knock the holders out of the Champions League.

Their quarter-final tie tipped in Bayern's favour after the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday but City, Chelsea and Arsenal, twice, have all avoided defeat in Munich in the last two years.

City came from 2-0 down to beat Bayern 3-2 in a group stage match in December, Arsenal won there last season and drew 1-1 in the Round of 16 last month while Chelsea beat Bayern on their own turf to win the Champions League final on penalties in 2012.

United themselves won 5-0 on their last visit to Germany when they swamped Bayer Leverkusen in the group stage in November.

Although Bayern were boosted by Bastian Schweinsteiger's away goal at Old Trafford which cancelled out Nemanja Vidic's header for the home side, they will be without the influential midfielder for the return leg after he was sent off in the closing minutes after tripping Wayne Rooney.

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Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was upset with Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo for the sending off and seemed to make a diving motion suggesting Rooney took unfair advantage.

After telling reporters he thought the dismissal was unfair, he continued: "But its OK. If you want to win the Champions League you have to solve and overcome everything during the competition. I gave my opinion to the referee, that's all."

Bayern will also be without defender Javi Martinez and will also have to cope with a new-found confidence in the United camp with manager David Moyes and his players expressing real belief in themselves to get the result that will see them reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2011.

That confidence was expressed by Ryan Giggs on Monday and it was borne out by a performance that had little in common with United's disappointing Premier League displays which have left them seventh in the table.

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United have saved their best for the Champions League, losing only once in nine matches and although Bayern dominated possession, United defended well and posed Munich problems of their own.

Moyes, who has endured a tough first season since taking over from the retired Alex Ferguson, issued a rallying call afterwards telling reporters: "I think we have given ourselves

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