Initially, when Bayern Munich were drawn against Manchester United in the Champions League, there was a feeling of content around Bayern at drawing a team which is currently enduring their worst season in recent memory. That feeling of content is understandable and probably well judged — just as long they don’t play like it, that is.
This tie should be one Pep Guardiola‘s men can safely win without things getting too nervy. Their biggest threat over the two legs, though, will probably be themselves. United will also be missing Robin Van Persie due to injury and Juan Mata, who is ineligible for this competition, which swings the tie even more into Bayern’s favor. They must be careful though.
At Old Trafford, with the crowd knowing the team needs their help, things could get very interesting if Bayern come in with the wrong mentality. Sometimes fear can be a great motivating factor, but you cannot imagine Bayern having too much fear of Manchester United right now. The game could be a whole lot closer than expected if Bayern come in lacking an edge and United play like it’s the biggest game of their lives.
Bayern must be diligent in their approach. United have been in bad form for most of the season in the Premier League, but when they needed a result, when they needed a performance against Olympiakos in the last Champions League round, they produced it. A crowd can do that for any team. David Moyes and his team have no pressure going into the game either — nobody expects them to defeat Bayern, and a team with nothing to lose is always dangerous.
If Bayern play like we know they can, then there should only be one winner. However, upsets happen in all sports, which is exactly what this would be and Bayern would probably only have themselves to blame. They officially drew Manchester United in this round but, truthfully, their biggest opponents will be themselves.