Manchester United given hope by Bayern Munich star

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Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has echoed the thoughts of his team-mate Arjen Robben in insisting that tonight’s Champions League clash against Manchester United will not be a simple game to win.

According to Goal the German full-back, who has been ever-present in Pep Guardiola’s dominant Bayern side, confirmed that his side were travelling for the first-leg at Old Trafford with the intention of winning the match, but quashed the opinion that the Bundesliga champions were guaranteed a place in the competition’s semi-final.

With United’s form having been woeful this campaign, many are predicting a rout when they match up against their Bavarian opponents tonight. However Lahm believes his team will still have to be at their very best if they want to ensure the job is done properly.

“We know how to play against Manchester United and we are brimming with confidence," Lahm told AZ.

"But it's not like we have a free pass to the semi-finals. They have been struggling in the Premier League, but they are still Manchester United. They have a great team and know what to do.

"They have plenty of experience and will pose a stern test. We are going to Manchester to win, though. Let that be clear.”

Optimism will not be high in Manchester tonight, as David Moyes’ charges know that only an exceptional performance on their part - and likely a bad evening for Bayern - will offer them hope of getting a positive result. Guardiola’s side are favourites to become the first team to retain a Champions League crown and their results this season thus far would indicate that they are in a pole position to do just that.

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