English rivals provide United's inspiration for second leg

Wed Apr 2, 2014 5:28am EDT
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By Mike Collett

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United can take heart from rivals Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea when they travel to Bayern Munich next week looking for the result that will knock the holders out of the Champions League.

Their quarter-final tie tipped in Bayern's favor after the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday but City, Chelsea and Arsenal, twice, have all avoided defeat in Munich in the last two years.

City came from 2-0 down to beat Bayern 3-2 in a group stage match in December, Arsenal won their last season and drew 1-1 in the Round of 16 last month while Chelsea beat Bayern on their own turf to win the Champions League final on penalties in 2012.

United themselves won 5-0 on their last visit to Germany when they swamped Bayer Leverkusen in the group stage in November.

Although Bayern were boosted by Bastian Schweinsteiger's away goal at Old Trafford which canceled out Nemanja Vidic's header for the home side, they will be without the influential midfielder for the return leg after he was sent off in the closing minutes after tripping Wayne Rooney.


Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was upset with Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo for the sending off and seemed to make a diving motion suggesting Rooney took unfair advantage.

After telling reporters he thought the dismissal was unfair, he continued: "But its OK. If you want to win the Champions League you have to solve and overcome everything during the competition. I gave my opinion to the referee, that's all."   Continued...

Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic (C) scores a goal against Bayern Munich during their Champions League quarter-final first leg soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Dalder