Moyes eyes Munich upset

Date published: 02 April 2014

MANCHESTER United kept alive their hopes of reaching the Champions League semi-finals with a battling 1-1 against Bayern Munich at Old Trafford last night.

David Moyes’ side not only avoided the heavy loss to the holders many had feared, but even threatened victory at times.

Captain Nemanja Vidic headed United in front just before the hour, but they couldn’t hold on as Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised before being sent off in the last minute.

The away goal may have given Bayern the edge ahead of next week’s return at the Allianz Arena, but Moyes, after much criticism over domestic performances, senses the chance of a famous win.

He said: “Hopefully it shows we will go there, and we will go toe to toe with them and we will try to come out on top. It’s a tough tie, but we all believe we’ve got a chance.”

Bayern dominated possession in the first half and it took a fine save from David De Gea to deny Arjen Robben.

Yet United arguably had the better chances before the break, not least when Danny Welbeck — who had an early goal disallowed — failed to beat Manuel Neuer after breaking through.

They raised their intensity after the break and broke through when Vidic headed home a Rooney corner, but Bayern changed their approach by sending on forward Mario Mandzukic and pulled level.