The last time Bayern Munich traveled to Old Trafford, they found themselves 3-0 down in less than 20 minutes, only to claw their way back into the game thanks, in no small part, to Rafael’s sending off, before Arjen Robben’s wonder strike ensured they’d progress to the semifinal.
Such heroics are not likely to be needed tonight, when the German and European champions face United in what is arguably the most unbalanced of the four quarter finals and will likely prove to be the Reds’ last Champions League at Old Trafford for who knows how long.
Pep Guardiola has warned David Moyes that failure to win at a big club is intolerable and that managers must deal with the pressure that comes with managing a club like Manchester United and deliver trophies, or else they risk losing their job even if they’ve only been in charge for a year.
The difference between United and Bayern Munich couldn’t be more evident. The former have endured a tumultuous season after Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson and the Champions League is virtually the only thing they’ve got left to play for, while the latter have already clinched the Bundesliga title and aim to become the first club to retain the Champions League under the tutelage of the former Barca manager, who replaced Jupp Heynckes last summer.
Ryan Giggs has denied any rift with David Moyes, but has admitted he could leave the club at the end of the season, after admitting that he’ll have to consider his options when the current campaign comes to an end.
Rumours of Giggs growing increasingly disillusioned with Moyes’ methods and approach to training have been widely reported over the last couple of weeks, with the Welshman so unimpressed by his manager’s tactics and training drills that he has, allegedly, stopped attending coaches meeting as “Moyes doesn’t f*****g listen anyway”.
Having delivered their finest performance in the David Moyes’ era – even though, admittedly, that’s not saying much – against Olympiakos, Manchester United enter their first Champions League quarter final since 2011 knowing full well that tomorrow’s game could be the last time Old Trafford host a European Cup game for a while.
Quite how long we’ll have to wait to see United playing in Europe’s elite competition at home is anybody’s guess but it’s perhaps fitting that United will bid farewell to the Champions League by hosting Bayern Munich, the current champions of Europe who are aiming to become the first side to retain the trophy.
We might wave goodbye to the European Cup over the next 10 days, so here’s a list of the top 5 five Champions League quarter finals Old Trafford has seen.
Alex Buttner has claimed he can’t wait to face Bayern Munich to come up against Arjen Robben in what will be the biggest game of his – Buttner’s not Robben’s – career. Unlike the majority of Reds who are absolutely terrified by the thought of Buttner taking on one of the best wingers in the world, the 25-year-old Dutchman was a man full of confidence as he spoke ahead of tomorrow’s night game.
Buttner was handed rare starts against West Ham and Aston Villa, as David Moyes opted to give the Dutchman some much needed time on the pitch ahead of Bayern’s visit and the former Vitesse defender claims he’s reaped the benefits of playing more regularly and he’s now ready to face Robben.
The jury may be out on whether David Moyes has what it takes to lead Manchester United into a glorious future. However, after Saturday, we certainly cannot question the man’s mental strength. In the face of his first real public adversity from a section of the club’s fans, he came out fighting and, you know what, he won.
He clearly made a conscious decision to meet his public on Saturday afternoon, briefly before the ridiculous plane stunt was about to take place.
In a season of lows and questionable decisions, flying a plane over Old Trafford demanding for David Moyes to be sacked undoubtedly takes the biscuit.
The halfwits who organised that puerile initiative and the morons who forked out money to pay for it should be ashamed of themselves, there’s no two ways about it. Their stunt has done absolutely nothing to dismiss the argument perpetuated by fans of other clubs according to which United fans are a bunch of arrogant, spoilt, brainless idiots.
Over the past few days news has been circulating that some ‘supporters’ have planned to fly a plane with a ‘Moyes Out’ banner. Previously just a mere rumour the idea of doing such a thing has gained a lot of steam particularly after the 0-3 derby drubbing to Manchester City. Today pictures have been released of the very plane and the very banner that is meant to fly over Old Trafford at the the beginning of the game vs Aston Villa. In this post I will be discussing everything that is wrong with going through with such a foolish idea and why it will only damage our club!
‘It wont work’ The sole motivation for the ‘supporters’ who plan to go through with this action is to get David Moyes sacked. Unfortunately for them the fact is, David Moyes was hired as a long-term replacement for Sir Alex. The 6 year contract he was offered signifies that. Not only will the Glazer’s and other board members not sack him, they will support him! He was handed a mammoth task of succeeding Sir Alex and he will be allowed to do this until the beginning of the next season, at the very least! He will be allowed to spend in the summer, which is something we have all missed at Manchester United!