5 Reasons Why Manchester United Will Dump Bayern Munich Out Of Champions League

5 Reasons Why Manchester United Will Eliminate Bayern Munich From Champions League

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When Manchester United drew Bayern Munich in the Champions League, it was the most daunting tie possible -- and still is for that matter. After the first leg, though, the sense emanating from United is actually not quite as daunting as it first appeared. The Allianz Arena is a difficult stadium to go to, and Bayern are a great team; but there were enough positives in the home leg for United to sense an opportunity ahead in Germany.

5. Experience

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5. Experience

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The United squad is lavished with Champions League winners and experienced European campaigners. These are players who understand the task and are confident enough to take it on and relish it. Too often in the Premier League this season the United players have been sub-standard, but that was not the case against Bayern. Again, they understand the challenge and they're happy to take it on. They will stand up to be counted in Germany.

4. No Pressure For United

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4. No Pressure For United

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Bayern Munich are expected to win this tie. They're not just favorites; they're expected to win. Therefore, there is zero pressure on Manchester United and all the pressure is on Bayern. United will sit deep and look to counter-attack. Although they need a goal themselves, the longer the game is in the balance, the more threatening just one United goal becomes. United will enjoy that scenario; Bayern certainly will not.

3. Bayern's Current Form

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3. Bayern's Current Form

Bayern Munich players look disappointed after Manchester United game
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To say Bayern are in bad form would be an overstatement. With the league in the bag, they have clearly eased off the gas with the Champions League now being their top priority. Switching form on and off is not as easy as switching a light on and off, and you could see Bayern never hit their best form at Old Trafford. Now, one week and a league defeat later, can they simply switch it on when necessary? It's never that easy.

2. Bayern Absentees

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2. Bayern Absentees

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The list of absent players for Bayern is, seemingly, growing by the day. Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thiago Alcantara, Javi Martinez and Xherdan Shakiri have all been ruled out for one reason or another to add to Bayern's midfield woes. Bayern do have a vast and versatile squad, but still, it can't possibly help to have all those players missing. It impacts your options, your tactics and your bench players to change a game.

1. Manchester United's Away Form

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1. Manchester United's Away Form

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Considering Manchester United's poor Premier League season, it is quite staggering to learn that United are actually the best away team in the league. Ideally, you would prefer to play United at Old Trafford this year -- the stats don't lie. Of course, going to the Allianz Arena is no walk in the park, but the confidence United will have knowing that they're better away from home will provide a tougher proposition than the first-leg.

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