MANCHESTER UNITED will be hoping for their first win over Bayern Munich in 13 years when they take on the German giants at the Allianz Arena this evening.
The Red Devils celebrated their greatest ever triumph against Bayern in 1999 and completed the treble thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s late heroics in Barcelona.
Since then, United have had little success against the Bundesliga champions, winning only one of the following eight meetings.
That victory came on April 7, 2010 – a 3-2 triumph at Old Trafford, but which saw Sir Alex Ferguson’s side eliminated on away goals in the quarter-finals.
The Red Devils started the game with a 1-2 deficit from the first leg, but came out of the starting blocks brilliantly and took a 3-0 lead on the night with a goal from Darron Gibson and a brace from Nani.
Ivica Olic equalized for Bayern just before half-time before Arjen Robben’s stunning strike in the 74th minute broke United’s hearts.
Ferguson started with experienced stopper Edwin van der Sar in goal, behind a back four of Rafael, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
Nani and Antonio Valencia were deployed on the wings while Michael Carrick, Darren Fletcher and Gibson occupied the midfield.
Wayne Rooney led the team alone while Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez left last summer.
Ferguson brought on John O’Shea for Rooney in the 55th minute and looked to defend his side’s lead.
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When he went in search of a goal late on, he turned to Dimitar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs.
Also on the bench that evening was the forgotten cult hero Federico Macheda.
While current defender Jonny Evans also acted as a substitute alongside Tomasz Kuszczak and Paul Scholes.
Bayern, led by Louis van Gaal, started with the experienced Hans-Jörg Butt in goal, followed by Philipp Lahm, Daniel van Buyten, Martin Demichelis and Holger Badstuber in defense.
At this point, future United star Bastian Schweinsteiger was in his glory alongside Mark van Bommel in the middle – with Robben and Franck Ribéry on the flanks.
Crafty striker Olic was alongside Thomas Müller in attack, while Bayern used Mario Gomez, Hamit Altintop and Danijel Pranjic on the bench.
In the semi-finals, Bayern beat Lyon 4-0 on aggregate before losing 2-0 to Inter Milan in the final thanks to a brace from Diego Milito.