Most people would have had last night's fixture between Manchester United and Bayern Munich down as a walkover.

Bayern Munich have already secured the Bundesliga title and have looked unstoppable for the most part of this season.

For United it has been the complete opposite with David Moyes' reign starting disappointingly to say the least. It's gotten to the point where teams have been looking forward to playing the Premier League champions on their own soil, such is their inconsistency.

Despite a comfortable 4-1 win at Old Trafford against Aston Villa at the weekend, more people focused on the 3-0 loss against local rivals Manchester City just four days earlier which saw United concede within the first few minutes and never really look like getting back into it.

In the pre-match press conference, Moyes' lack of confidence was massively evident, with Ryan Giggs sounding more like the Manchester United manager than the Scot who was hand-picked by Sir Alex Ferguson himself to succeed him.

Did anyone really give Manchester United a chance?

In the third minute, the United faithful looked to have their prayers answered, only for Danny Welbeck's goal to be cancelled out for a high foot.The German heavyweights bossed 80% of possession in the first half but United held strong.

Welbeck had another glorious chance to put United ahead but chose to try and chip Manuel Neuer, an effort which was saved by the German international 'keeper.

Bayern continued their domination in the second half but it was United who took the lead with a Wayne Rooney corner meeting the head of departing captain Nemanja Vidic. Old Trafford was rocking once again.

Well, it was rocking for eight minutes at least before Bastian Schweinsteiger's run into the box wasn't picked up and he connected with Mario Mandzukic's knockdown to bring Munich level.

But it's important to realise that it could have easily crumbled then for United - as it has so many times this season, but they regrouped and went back on the offensive.

The Munich goalscorer then got sent off, committing a cynical foul on Rooney as he looked to break free, ruling him out of the second leg along with Javi Martinez.

United held on to claim a 1-1 draw which puts them in a somewhat sticky position as they'll need to score in Germany to cancel out Bayern's away goal.

For the first time in a while against a top side, though, United can step off their home pitch with their heads held high.

If United can go to Germany in seven days and defend as well as they did last night then they'll always get chances with the pace of players like Welbeck and Antonio Valencia in the team.

But will they take those chances?

Against everyone's predictions, United are in with a shout. This is a foundation that they can really build upon, just like Arsenal did last season in a surge which saw them steal a top-four spot from Tottenham.

It looks like Moyes and Manchester United won't give this one up without a fight.

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