Veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are nearing the end of their careers but are still capable. The midfield can’t do it alone and will need striker Dimitar Berbatov to convert chances. He’s scored 12 goals in all competitions but hasn’t scored in the Champions League this season.
Reports out of England stated that Wayne Rooney has a 40 percent chance to play in the match but it seems unlikely. Officially, Sir Alex Ferguson is saying he is scheduled to return for the Manchester derby.Despite the weekend setback, club captain Gary Neville is relishing the prospect of Wednesday’s encounter and believes United have a good chance of overhauling their opponents.
Like Manchester United, Bayern Munich had to tackle a vitally important league match at the weekend. Coach Van Gaal was delighted with the outcome.
FCB will likely be forced onto the back foot when they travel to Old Trafford, pushed back by a wave of red, though they will be confident they can repel such a charge. Already the Bundesliga outfit have proven successful away from home in the Champions League this term, with a defeat against Girondins de Bordeaux the only major blot on their otherwise impressive record, which includes a terrific group stage win over Juventus and a dramatic comeback against Fiorentina in the previous round.
Boosting German confidence further is their fine record against their midweek opponents. United have been relatively regular foes for Die Roten in Europe, yet their record against the three-time European champions is remarkably strong. In eight previous meetings, the German giants have only been defeated once, and should they maintain that record over the course of the next week, Van Gaal will lead his side into the semi-finals.
Sir Alex Ferguson will have to go without Michael Owen, Anderson and Wes Brown. Owen Hargreaves is slowly making his way back towards the first team but is ineligible for Europe. Some reports have given Wayne Rooney a chance of making the bench, though that looks highly unlikely, while Jonny Evans and John O’Shea are both rated as doubtful.
Bayern’s Dutch winger Arjen Robben is ready for the United clash. Bastian Schweinsteiger missed the first leg through suspension and will certainly be involved in some capacity at Old Trafford. (SW/MG/rex)