Manchester United FC are chasing a fourth consecutive UEFA Champions League semi-final but first they must get overturn a 2-1 deficit against an FC Bayern München side unbeaten at Old Trafford.
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Manchester United FC have plenty of work to do if they are to secure a fourth consecutive UEFA Champions League semi-final appearance when FC Bayern München come to Old Trafford.
• Winners in 2008 and runners-up last season, United hope to become the first team since Juventus (1996-98) to appear in three successive finals but they must first overturn a 2-1 deficit against a Bayern side they have never beaten on home soil.
• Sir Alex Ferguson's side made the perfect start to the quarter-final first leg in Munich, Wayne Rooney volleying in within a minute, yet in a reversal of the teams' famous meeting in the 1999 final, this time it was Bayern who mounted a sterling late comeback. Franck Ribéry's free-kick deflected in off Rooney with 13 minutes left and worse was to follow for United as Ivica Olić pounced two minutes into added time to give the German side a precious lead.
• Bayern have not progressed beyond the last eight since 2001 but will hope to replicate the victory at Old Trafford which helped carry them through to the semi-finals that year – and on their way to an eventual final triumph.
• The clubs' most memorable encounter was that 1999 UEFA Champions League final when United famously broke Bayern hearts with added-time goals from substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Bayern had led for 84 minutes following Mario Basler's sixth-minute opener.
• Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville were in the United team in Barcelona that evening while Wes Brown was an unused substitute.
• The full lineups were:
Man United: Schmeichel, Neville, Johnsen, Stam, Irwin, Giggs, Beckham, Butt, Blomqvist (Sheringham 67), Cole (Solskjær 81), Yorke.
Bayern: Kahn, Linke, Matthäus (Fink 80) , Kuffour, Babbel, Jeremies, Effenberg, Tarnat, Basler (Salihamidžić 90), Jancker, Zickler (Scholl 71).
• The teams had met in the group stage earlier that same season, playing out two draws. They both advanced at the expense of an FC Barcelona side coached Louis van Gaal, now in charge of Bayern.
• Bayern gained a measure of revenge for their 1999 defeat when they overcame United in the 2000/01 quarter-finals. After a 1-0 win at Old Trafford courtesy of a late Paulo Sérgio strike, the Bavarian club prevailed 2-1 in the return where Giggs hit the visitors' consolation goal.
• United midfielder Owen Hargreaves – who was dropped from their UEFA Champions League squad in January due to a long-term knee injury – was in the Bayern lineup for the clubs' most recent encounter at Old Trafford, a 0-0 draw in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League second group stage in March 2002. Giggs and Neville played for United.
• United have mounted a successful fightback only once after a first-leg defeat in the UEFA Champions League. That came when they routed AS Roma 7-1 after a 2-1 loss in Italy in the 2006/07 quarter-finals.
• They have lost on five other occasions, however, including against Bayern in the 2000/01 tournament:
BV Borussia Dortmund, 1996/97 (0-1 away, 0-1 home)
Bayern 2000/01 (0-1 home, 1-2 away)
Real Madrid CF 2002/03 (1-3 away, 4-3 home)
FC Porto 2003/04 (1-2 away, 1-1 home)
AC Milan 2004/05 (0-1 home, 0-1 away)
• Bayern successfully defended a 2-1 first-leg lead in the last 16 of this season's competition against ACF Fiorentina, squeezing through on away goals after a 3-2 defeat in the return.
• That was the sixth time running they had advanced in a two-legged European tie after prevailing in the first match. The last time they surrendered a winning position was at this stage of the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League when a 2-1 home victory against Real Madrid was undone by a 2-0 reverse in Spain.
• United surrendered their 23-match unbeaten home run in Europe when losing to Beşiktaş JK in the group stage in November but they rediscovered their winning touch in style in the last 16 with a 4-0 triumph over Milan.
• Michael Carrick hit a 78th-minute winner when United came from behind to defeat VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 on the last occasion a Bundesliga club visited in September.
• In two-legged ties with German teams, United have recorded two wins and three defeats, those defeats coming in their last three ties.
• Bayern's most recent visit to England brought a 4-2 loss at Chelsea FC that eventually led to a 6-5 aggregate defeat in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
• That was one of four quarter-final defeats Bayern have suffered since they last lifted the European Champion Clubs' Cup (2001/02, 2004/05, 2006/07, 2008/09).
• Bayern have won only twice in 13 attempts in England but they remain unbeaten at Old Trafford after three visits.
• In two-legged ties against English sides. Bayern have registered five wins and five defeats.
• The Bundesliga outfit lifted the European Cup with a 2-0 final triumph against Leeds United AFC in 1975. They lost 1-0 to Aston Villa FC in the 1982 final prior to that 1999 defeat by Man United.
• Sir Alex enjoyed a memorable success with Aberdeen FC against Bayern in the 1982/83 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals, winning 3-2 at Pittodrie after a goalless draw in Germany. His Aberdeen side went on to win the trophy and the following year beat Hamburger SV to claim the UEFA Super Cup.
• Bayern's executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was in the West Germany side that beat a Scotland side coached by Sir Alex at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
• Van Gaal has a 100% record in two-legged encounters with English teams having overseen a UEFA Cup victory against Newcastle United FC with AZ Alkmaar in 2006/07 and, a decade ago, guided Barcelona past Chelsea at this stage of the UEFA Champions League.
• The Dutchman's first taste of European competition as a player brought home and away victories for R. Antwerp FC against Aston Villa in the 1975/76 UEFA Cup.
• Van Gaal's most recent encounter with Premier League opposition was with Alkmaar when they went down 3-2 at home to Everton in the 2007/08 UEFA Cup group stage.
• Hargreaves started his career with Bayern and was part of their first-team squad from 2001 to 2007, winning the UEFA Champions League in 2001. He made 145 Bundesliga appearances, scoring five goals.
• Dimitar Berbatov appeared alongside Hans-Jörg Butt in the Bayer 04 Leverkusen side that overcame United in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League semi-final. Butt also played for Leverkusen against United in the first group stage in 2002/03 when Berbatov scored against his future club, although United won both matches.
• Berbatov made 154 Bundesliga appearances for Leverkusen from 2001 to 2006, scoring 69 goals. He hit three league goals against Bayern, two in a 4-1 home win in August 2004 and another the following August this time in a 5-2 home loss.
• Mark van Bommel played with Ji-Sung Park in the PSV Eindhoven team beaten by Milan in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
• Daniel Van Buyten faced United twice during a loan stay at Manchester City FC in 2003/04. The Belgian was in the side that lost 4-2 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup in February 2004 before a 4-1 home league triumph the following month.
• Neville, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes played in England's 5-1 win against Germany in Munich in a 2002 World Cup qualifier in September 2001. Their injured team-mate Michael Owen hit a hat-trick that night.
• Ribéry played alongside Patrice Evra in the France team overwhelmed 4-1 by the Netherlands at UEFA EURO 2008. Arjen Robben scored the third Dutch goal while Edwin van der Sar was in goal for the Netherlands.
• Portugal winger Nani faced Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger in that same tournament – Klose and Schweinsteiger scored in Germany's 3-2 quarter-final win.
• Olić and Danijel Pranjić have had mixed fortunes in England with their national team Croatia. They suffered a 5-1 reverse at Wembley in World Cup qualifying last September, with Rooney scoring, yet also featured in a 3-2 win there in November 2007 that ended England's hopes in UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying, Olić getting the second goal.
• Anatoliy Tymoshchuk played at Wembley for Ukraine last April in a 2-1 defeat by England in 2010 World Cup qualifying. Ferdinand and Rooney featured for England.
• United's record in penalty shoot-outs in UEFA club competitions is:
6-5 v Chelsea, 2007/08 UEFA Champions League final
3-4 v FC Torpedo Moskva, 1992/93 UEFA Cup first round
4-5 v FC Fehérvár, 1984/85 UEFA Cup quarter-finals
• Bayern's record is:
5-4 v Valencia CF, 2000/01 UEFA Champions League final
9-8 v PAOK FC, 1983/84 UEFA Cup second round
4-3 v Åtvidaberg FF, 1973/74 European Champion Clubs' Cup first round
• The victorious team will take on the winner of the contest between Olympique Lyonnais and FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the semi-finals.