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Can Manchester United really beat Bayern Munich?

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david moyes thanking the supporters  (©GettyImages)
david moyes thanking the supporters (©GettyImages).

David Moyes insists his side can defy the odds and beat Bayern in their Munich fortress.

Despite seeing his Manchester United denied victory in Tuesday's first leg of a Champions League quarter-final when Bastian Schweinsteiger cancelled out Nemanja Vidic’s opener, Moyes was defiant about his side’s chances in the return leg.

The Red Devils' boss said of the 1-1 draw last week: “I think we’ve given ourselves a great opportunity to go to Munich and get a victory.

“I believe they had a fight on their hands before the first leg. Tonight shows that we’ll be there. We’ll go toe to toe with them and try and come out on top.

“I always felt we could score against them and we’ll go to Munich believing we can score a goal.

“It’s a tough game, but our best football has come in this competition and we need to show our best football when we go to Munich next week.”

Manchester United travel to Munich boosted in confidence after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday and Vidic who scored the home side's goal  believes speed on the counter attack could provide David Moyes’ side with a route to the semi-finals.

Their task will be made easier by the absence through suspension of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez but Vidic knows it will be difficult to get a positive result in Bavaria.

"It was a tough game and a good result – and I think it will be the same game next week," said Vidic.

Bayern had plenty of the ball at Old Trafford and the Serbian defender expects it to be a similar story in Germany.

“They will have the same possession, especially as it's their own ground, but if we keep the shape we can hurt them with our pace.

"We felt we had good positions and were solid, but one mistake was punished and they showed what a good team they are.

"They had a lot of possession but we accepted they would and we tried to counter attack.”

"We felt we had good positions and were solid, but one mistake was punished and they showed what a good team they are.

"They had a lot of possession but we accepted they would and we tried to counter attack.”

Manager David Moyes was happy with his side but urged caution too.

"The players played really well, I'm delighted," he said. "I'm disappointed we conceded a goal, but it was really gutsy and I'm really pleased.

"The players had a real determination to make sure we did well. It's a competition we have a good history in and the players realised we were playing a good side.

"We know we have to score a goal. At the moment, if the scores say the same, Bayern win and we know we have to do something about it. But we've given ourselves a great opportunity."

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