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United draw strength from past exploits

Sir Alex Ferguson recalled a magical night at Old Trafford as he plotted another comeback when FC Bayern München arrive with a 2-1 lead in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final.

United draw strength from past exploits
United draw strength from past exploits ©UEFA.com

Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Manchester United FC will cope with the expected absence of Wayne Rooney when they take on FC Bayern München in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday. Louis van Gaal believes likewise, as he looked ahead to defending a 2-1 lead in front of a full house at Old Trafford.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager
Wayne won't make it. I'm not prepared to take a risk with a player who isn't 100% fit. I don't think he will be on the bench although he might talk me into it, it's a difficult one. We have had two bad results [against Bayern and Chelsea]. You have to recover and we can do that with a good team performance. The opportunity of playing at Old Trafford knowing you need a goal to take control is a great incentive. We turned it around against Roma a few years ago after being down in the first leg ... a once-in-a-lifetime performance. I think that Roma side are probably equal to this Bayern side in terms of ability.

I have a great respect for Louis van Gaal. His teams always play football and they are also technically developed. Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben are great, talented players, but we can't worry too much about their threat without thinking first about our own threat. The away goal we got in Germany could make a difference. As for the result, I'll be happy at 1-0.

Louis van Gaal, Bayern coach
Naturally, we have a lot of self-belief. But we know Manchester United are a top team. Are they favourites? Yes. They have lots of experience of winning games at home and we know what they can do. They got an away goal and we have quite a young team, but we have a chance. We expect the atmosphere will be super; it's always the same in England. It's also a sporting atmosphere which I find fantastic.

I am jealous of the structure that Manchester United have in their defence and throughout their team in general. Yes, they have conceded some single goals, but then they have scored three or four. They have players who can decide a game, that's what makes the difference. But we also have players who can make that difference. We have played without Franck Ribéry for most of this season and we have done well. If Manchester United play without Wayne Rooney, they will still be very strong.

Team news
Anderson (knee), Wes Brown (metatarsal), Michael Owen (hamstring)
Doubtful: Wayne Rooney (right ankle), John O'Shea (thigh), Jonny Evans (knee)
Suspended: none
Misses next match if booked: Nemanja Vidić, Paul Scholes, Wayne Rooney

• O'Shea is training again five months after injuring his thigh in the Republic of Ireland's FIFA World Cup play-off against France.

Doubtful: Arjen Robben (calf), Daniel Van Buyten (knee)
Suspended: none
Misses next match if booked: Holger Badstuber, Mark van Bommel, Danijel Pranjić

• A decision on Robben is yet to be made but the winger said: "I didn't come here to sit on the bench. I'm ready; I feel good, but it's the coach's decision."

• Van Buyten rates his chances of playing as "75%" after injuring his knee in Saturday's crucial victory at FC Schalke 04.

Weekend results
03/04/10 United 1-2 Chelsea FC
(Macheda 81; Cole 20, Drogba 79)

• United's hopes of an unprecedented fourth successive English title were hit by a defeat that allowed Chelsea to leapfrog them at the summit.

• Coupled with the Bayern game, United suffered their first back-to-back losses in over a year.

03/04/10 FC Schalke 04 1-2 Bayern
(Kuranyi 31; Ribéry 25, Müller 26)

• Thomas Müller's first goal since February proved decisive as Bayern replaced Schalke at the top of the Bundesliga. Hamit Altıntop was shown a second yellow card on 41 minutes. Schalke's Marcelo Bordon also saw red just before the final whistle.

• Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville were in the United team that famously defeated Bayern in the 1999 final while Brown was an unused substitute.

• United have mounted a successful fightback only once after a first-leg defeat in the UEFA Champions League. That came in the 7-1 defeat of Roma in the 2006/07 quarter-finals after a 2-1 loss in Italy.

• They have lost on five other occasions, however, including against Bayern in 2000/01 when the Bavarians went on to win the competition.

Team Ties
• Dimitar Berbatov appeared alongside Bayern goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt in the Bayer 04 Leverkusen side that overcame United in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

Did you know?
• 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. Aberdeen went on to win the trophy.

Read more on the match in the official UEFA Champions League press kit.

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