Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is predicting a tough battle in the Champions League against Bayern Munich tonight - but one that the hosts can win.

The Red Devils go into the clash against the European Champions as heavy underdogs, despite the German giants making the trip to Old Trafford in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.

That's largely due to the inconsistent form of David Moyes' side this season, with the Scot struggling to replicate the achievements of Sir Alex Ferguson during his reign at the helm of Manchester United.

After nearly crashing out to Olympiakos, the Premier League champions did impress in the second leg of that last 16 tie at Old Trafford, and De Gea is hoping for another battling performance from the Red Devils.

"It's been quite a tough period for us and we were down after defeats to Liverpool and City," he told the official Manchester United matchday programme.

"But we are Manchester United and we must lift ourselves and fight because we've got a very big game tonight. It's a knockout competition and anything can happen, so we've got to go all out for it."

If the domestic strugglers are to take a lead back to the Allianz Arena next week, then De Gea will need to be at his very best against Pep Guardiola's side tonight.

And, club legend Paddy Crerand believes the underdog role could suit the hosts tonight.

"In many respects, Manchester United have got nothing to lose because everyone is expecting Bayern to not just win this tie, but win the whole competition," he wrote in United Review.

"But why couldn't we spring a surprise? We all know anything is possible in football…we famously witnessed that against Bayern in '99 on that unbelievable night in Barcelona."

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