Champions League: Do or die

Champions League: Do or die


BAYERN MUNICH vs MAN UNITED (Tomorrow, 2.40am, SingTel mio TV Ch 111)

l Tie level at 1-1 after first leg

This is it. This is Manchester United's final chance to salvage something from their miserable season.

One game against one team where only one goal is required to book a place in Europe's final four.

Only one problem: It's against Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich.

David Moyes, however, will not be daunted by reputation.

Last week, when few predicted anything else other than a crushing defeat, United actually played well.

Had it not been for a harshly disallowed goal and Danny Welbeck's enduring lack of composure, they might even have travelled to Germany with the lead.

Bayern, so dominant in their own league, were unable to press home their advantage.

But tomorrow morning (Singapore time), it will be different.

United will play in front of Bayern's supporters.

But they will do so with Wayne Rooney. The Englishman was thought to be out with a toe injury, but he trained yesterday and Moyes is set to take a gamble with him.

Bayern defender Dante spoke of Rooney's "world-class qualities" this week and Guardiola went even further, describing him as one of the best players he'd ever seen.


Nor was the Spaniard in any doubt as to whether he'd play.

"I bet you a large glass of beer that he starts," he told journalists yesterday.

United could certainly do with Rooney, though they coped perfectly well without him at the weekend when they crushed Newcastle 4-0 at St James' Park.

Moyes, with one eye on this game, fielded a weakened side, but they performed admirably.

Unfortunately, Newcastle are so risible at present, that it is hard to know if United were particularly good or their hosts were extremely bad.

The performance of Shinji Kagawa certainly gave food for thought.

The Japanese playmaker has endured a frustrating season, rarely trusted by Moyes and believed to be on the brink of an ignominious exit from Old Trafford.

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