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Wednesday 1 April 2015

Manchester United 1 - 1 Bayern Munich: Moyes' men held to a draw during Champions League first leg at Old Trafford

Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United and Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg
Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United and Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United controls the ball under pressure from David Alaba of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United and Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United and Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United and Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Muenchen and Ryan Giggs of Manchester United walk in at half time during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Danny Welbeck of Manchester United attempts to chip the goalkeeper Danny Welbeck of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Phil Jones of Manchester United and Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Danny Welbeck of Manchester United scores an early goal that is later disallowed during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Phil Jones of Manchester United and Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen compete for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United on the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Phil Jones of Manchester United is tackled by Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Manchester United fans lift cards to display the word 'United' during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo shows Luis Antonio Valencia of Manchester United a yellow card for a foul on Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo shows Luis Antonio Valencia of Manchester United a yellow card for a foul on Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo shows Luis Antonio Valencia of Manchester United a yellow card for a foul on Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United and Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Muenchen battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United tracks Franck Ribery of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: David Moyes the manager of Manchester United and Ryan Giggs face the media during a press conference at Old Trafford on March 31, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: David Moyes the manager of Manchester United looks on as he faces the media during a press conference at Old Trafford on March 31, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Ryan Giggs of Manchester United looks on as he faces the media during a press conference at Old Trafford on March 31, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: A Manchester United fan holds up a matchday scarf ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Bayern fans make their way to the ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Football fans sing as they make their way to the ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Football fans sing as they make their way to the ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: A Bayern fan take a photograph ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: A Bayern fan gives the thumbs up ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Football fans buy food from a street vendor ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: A street vendor sells merchandise ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: A Manchester United fan wears sun shades ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: David Moyes manager of Manchester United poses for a photograph with a fan during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: The Bayern Munich team line up during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Danny Welbeck of Manchester United scores an early goal that is later disallowed during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Danny Welbeck of Manchester United controls the ball under pressure from Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Luis Antonio Valencia of Manchester United controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Pep Guardiola head coach of Bayern Muenchen shakes hands with David Moyes manager of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Bayern Muenchen at Old Trafford on April 1, 2014 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Manchester United have drawn with Bayern Munich during their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford.

United will travel to Germany with their Champions League hopes still alive after holding the much-vaunted Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw.

United held off the reigning European champions with a battling defensive display before taking the lead through Nemanja Vidic's excellent 58th minute header.

Bayern had failed to make their possession count, but Bastian Schweinsteiger's lethal finish for the equaliser will see the German side be strong favourites to go through.

United will at least not have to face Schweinsteiger in the second leg - the Bayern midfielder was sent off near the final whistle for a second booking after bringing down Wayne Rooney.

There have been some historic encounters between these two sides, but this match will be some way down the list.

United fans could at least be grateful that this was not a home humiliation of the sort Liverpool and Manchester City have recently inflicted on David Moyes's team, and which given their record this season looked a distinct threat by Bayern.

The first half was a one-sided affair in favour of the Germans in terms of territory and possession. For all of that though, it was United, defending the 18-yard line in numbers and with tenacity, who managed to contrive the best chances.

Danny Welbeck promised some early joy when he rammed home a fierce strike from the edge of the box, but the whistle had already gone for dangerous play for a high foot - much to United's fury,

That was but a brief interlude, however, in the wave after wave of Bayern attacks, orchestrated by their wing wonders Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

Robben curved an effort a yard past the post, then saw another 20-yard strike tipped around the post by David de Gea.

United's passing was pedestrian to the point of embarrassing, and Old Trafford's growing frustration with Marouane Fellaini came close to spilling over as the tall Belgian struggled with his passing and even found himself out-jumped for headers that he seemed clear favourite to win.

For all Bayern's superiority, there was always the suspicion that Jerome Boateng was a vulnerable point of weakness to Welbeck's pace.

The England striker had already hit another firm shot straight at Manuel Neuer before Rooney played a through-ball, Boateng stumbled and Welbeck raced in on goal. Neuer advanced and read Welbeck's mind as he attempted the chip, leaving Rooney livid and giving his team-mate a blast of his own hair dryer.

Moyes had put his faith in the wise old head of Ryan Giggs in his starting line-up, the last survivor of the famous 1999 final triumph over Bayern and playing in his 141st Champions League match, one short of Raul's record.

But this old head was on old legs and after a mainly-forgettable first half for the 40-year-old, Moyes made a predictable change, bringing on Shinji Kagawa in his place.

Almost immediately, United looked more threatening, with Welbeck and Rooney having greater support in attack and testing the Bayern defence. A couple of good moves saw United force a corner, which Rooney delivered with perfect pace and accuracy for Vidic to guide a wonderful header into the corner in the 58th minute.

Pep Guardiola responded by sending on Mario Mandzukic for Thomas Muller, and the change paid dividends in the 66th minute as the Croatian striker headed back Rafinha's cross for Schweinsteiger to finish emphatically into the top corner.

Old Trafford, which had been re-energised by Vidic's goal, was suddenly deflated and it was Bayern who finished the stronger, with Moyes' men grateful that with two swerving efforts Robben - who broke United's hearts at this ground in the 2010 quarter-final - could not this time find the final flourish.

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