Red Devils run out of luck after being pitted against the European champions for a place in the semi-finals
David Moyes knows that the only way for Manchester United to qualify for next season’s Champions League is to win the competition this term, although their chances of triumphing were dealt a huge blow on Friday when the English champions were drawn against Bayern Munich.
A few seasons ago, United would have been favourite to beat their German opponents over two matches although it’s a different story right now, with Bayern setting the benchmark for every other team in Europe and they are strong favourites to get the better of the Red Devils over two legs.
Pep Guardiola’s side beat Arsenal 3-1 on aggregate in the last round of the Champions League although United might relish being in the role of underdog for the two clashes, with a first leg at Old Trafford giving the Red Devils a chance to establish an advantage before a tough-looking contest at the Allianz Arena.
“I have probably drawn out the favourites,” Moyes said. “They are the holders so it is a really tough draw for us but it’s one I am looking forward to.”
“We should not be blinded by their current position in the league because they have outstanding players,” said the Bayern captain, Philipp Lahm. “We have to perform according to what we can and if we do that we have good chances of reaching the semi-finals.”
Their international forward Thomas Müller tweeted: “Man Utd – an interesting game in the quarterfinals. I always like to travel to the the island. This will be a tough fight, but we will get through.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea will face Paris Saint-Germain for what should be an evenly-matched affair, despite Jose Mourinho claiming that every other team in the competition would want to draw the Blues.
Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund hoping for revenge for last season’s semi-final defeat, while Atletico Madrid and Barcelona clash for what should be a captivating all-Spanish affair.