Bayern Munich and Manchester United face each other after the Quarter-final draw of the UEFA Champions League [UCL]. Both teams will face each other at Old Trafford in Manchester on April 1 and at Allianz Arena in Munich on April 9, 2014.
The pairing of the two giants could have not come at a better time for one and worse for another. What can be said about the prospects for both teams in these crucial matches and beyond?
The Germans come into this match as a powerhouse in the Bundesliga and as current UCL Champions. With the exception of a loss to Manchester City and a draw against Arsenal, Bayern Munich managed to emerge victorious.
Pep Guardiola continued the traditions of his predecessor Jupp Heynckes while coaching the team. At the same time, Guardiola managed to leave his imprint on the club resulting in a diversity of play options.
Bayern Munich can count on Franck Ribery, Mario Goetze, Arjen Robben, and Bastian Schweinsteiger among their top goal scorers. Manuel Neuer [goalkeeper] managed to set a record of 1,147 of not conceding a goal during the autumn of 2011.
The Bundesliga powerhouse is number two in the 2013/14 UEFA Coefficient Ranking behind first place FC Barcelona. Bayern Munich is currently a disciplined and consistent team that generates positive results in matches.
Manchester United is number five in the UEFA Coefficient Ranking and three times UCL Champions. The last two UCL victories occurred during the era of Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Premier League giants have not been helped by the change of managers. Under David Moyes, Manchester United might have lost its opportunity to win the Premier League and the UCL remains in doubt.
After a disastrous defeat in the first leg of the UCL Round of 16 against Olimpiakos, United returned in style. Robin Van Persie scored three scores against the Greeks in the second leg at Old Trafford.
I asked myself about the lack of consistency on the part of United during their season. It appears that the club has not recovered from the Ferguson era and has no forward moving strategy.
Unless there is a miracle from Manchester United, Bayern Munich will cruise to victory in the quarter-finals. The results will leave Manchester United reflecting on what could be done.
The results may cost Moyes his job as manager with United eventually selling players this summer. Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola will eventually be vindicated in victory.
Manchester United 1-4 Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich 4-0 Manchester United Bayern Munich in the UCL Semi-finals.
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