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Manchester United can win Champions League - Scholes

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Manchester United can win the Champions League this season if they overcome Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, according to former midfielder Paul Scholes.

The Red Devils have been drawn to face the reigning European champions, with the first leg taking place at Old Trafford on April 1. But, despite the fact his former employers are firm underdogs, Scholes feels United could pull off an unlikely win - not only against Bayern, but in the competition itself, too.

"We'll be up against a top quality team, but we also have to believe," Scholes was quoted as telling Goal.com by the Independent. "It will be very difficult, it's one of the teams you wouldn’t want to get but if we can beat them, who knows, we can go all the way to the final."

United are currently the bookmakers' outsiders to lift the Champions League trophy in Lisbon along with last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund. However, the reigning Premier League champions have reserved several of their best performances under David Moyes in European club football's most prestigious competition, including last week's 3-0 victory over Olympiakos.

Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick in the match, but United will be without the Netherlands international for the next few weeks after it was confirmed he had suffered a sprained knee against the Greek champions. Scholes, however, believes the Red Devils still have the players to trouble Pep Guardiola's revered side.

"Wayne Rooney will be a big player for United with Robin van Persie gone," the former midfielder added. "Ryan Giggs as well, I know he's 40 years of age but his performances are incredible. I think he would be saved especially for those two games now, because we need that kind of quality in the park."

Manchester United fans: do you agree with Scholes? Can the Red Devils win the Champions League title this season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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