Manchester United manager David Moyes has declared that Bayern Munich have a “fight on their hands” against his players, whom he says are capable of securing the win next week which will take them into a Champions League semi-final.
None of the four English sides have gone to the Allianz Arena in the last two years have lost and Moyes said his new club's performances in this season's competition spoke for the threat they will post Pep Guardiola's side, who will be without Bastian Schweinstiger in the Allianz Arena next month. “Hopefully tonight shows we will go there, go toe to toe with them and try and come out on top,” he said after the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford. “Our best football has been in this competition and we will need to show our best football next week.”
Moyes was quick to express disappointment that Danny Welbeck had missed a glorious opportunity to score by clipping a ball to goalkeeper Manuel Neuer when through against the goalkeeper. “It was a great chance - very good goalkeeping as well, he stood up, the goalkeeper, but it was a great opportunity at that time of the game.” He said he had “forgotten” to look at the Welbeck strike that was chalked off because he went in high with his foot. United seemed unfortunate.
The impressive record of English clubs in Munich have included Manchester City's win last December, Arsenal's win and draw, plus Chelsea's win on penalties in the 2012 Champions League final.
Guardiola made a diving gesture, indicating his belief that Wayne Rooney simulated a fall when Bastian Schweinsteiger made the challenge on him which earned his dismissal late on. In his press conference, the Spaniard refused to follow up the gesture with an allegation that Rooney dived. “I just spoke with the referee and he knows my opinion and he gave me his opinion,” he said. “You have to respect it. It's unfair but it's OK, if you want to win the Champions League you have to solve and overcome everything sometimes during the competition.”
The Germans were indeed unlucky to lose Schweinsteiger when Antonia Valencia avoid a red card for his second bookable offence - a bad two-footed challenge on Jerome Boateng. Despite Bayern's vastly superior possession, United created the greater chances. Guardiola seemed to imply that United had played defensively.
“I'm happy with our performance. We had 15 attempts tonight. It's not easy to create chances against teams that put eight or nine players in the box. But we created quite a lot. It's not an exceptional result.”
He refused to criticise his players. “People see what happened in the Premier League, in the Bundesliga, [that United] are not in a good position and this tie is for Bayern. But Manchester United have won four or five Champions Leagues (it was actually three), they are one of the best and have top players. They have a lot of experience. We knew that and today we knew they'd make a very good performance. We controlled the game, we created 15 chances, that's quite good but it's not easy when they have nine players in the box.”
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