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Manchester United profiled

Bayern against Manchester United – old adversaries meet again. The two teams last faced each other in 2010, again at the quarter-final stage where FCB narrowly came out on top. What can the treble winners expect in a rerun four years later? takes a closer look at our quarter-final opponents.

History: Manchester United Football Club originated in 1902 from the Newton Heath club founded by a group of workers 24 years earlier. Manchester United won their first English league title in 1908 and they lifted the FA Cup a year later.

Honours: With their 20 Championships the Red Devils have overtaken Liverpool (18) to hold the record in England. United have also lifted the FA Cup 11 times, another record in England. Manchester United have been part of the European elite in club football for decades. They have won the European Cup/Champions League three times (1968, 1999, 2008), lifted the European Cup Winners’ Cup once (1991) and have won the club world title twice in 1999 and 2008.

Stadium: Old Trafford has a capacity of 75,769 (for European games). That makes the Theatre of Dreams, first built in 1910, the second biggest stadium in England.

European record: No other team in the Champions League is as experienced as the reigning English champions. United are taking part in Europe's premier club competition for the 19th time this season - more than any other team. Manchester United have qualified for the Champions League every year since 1996/97. The club from the North West of England has reached the last eight 13 times - a record only equalled by FC Bayern. Rooney and Co. were knocked out in the Round of 16 last season.

Previous meetings with FC Bayern: Munich fans are keen to remember the last meeting with United back in 2010, again in the quarter-finals. FCB went through in a close-run encounter (2-1, 2-3) - and that included Bayern being three goals down in the second leg. However, FCB suffered one of the most bitter defeats in the club’s history in the 1999 Champions League Final when Bayern lost 2-1 in added time after appearing to be on course to lift the title. The record slightly favours FCB: In the nine previous meetings Bayern have won three games, drawn four and lost two. 

Current form: While Manchester United are on course in the Champions League they are faring less well in the Premier League. The Red Devils are currently lying in seventh place, 12 points behind fourth position. It means they face an uphill task to qualify for next season's Champions League campaign. United have already been knocked out of both domestic cup competitions (FA Cup and Capital One Cup, won by local rivals Manchester City).

Head coach: David Moyes was the chosen successor to Sir Alex Ferguson who was at the helm at Old Trafford for 27 years. Moyes previously managed Everton where he was three times voted coach of the season (2003, 2005, 2009). Moyes has yet to win a title in his career as a coach.

Key players: Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Patrice Evra, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Robin van Persie and, of course, Wayne Rooney: the Manchester United squad is full of experienced international players, although Dutch hitman Van Persie will miss the FCB clash altogether with injury and Evra is suspended for the first leg. Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini are also established pros. Moyes also has young and talented players at his disposal in Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and the 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj.

Tactics: Moyes usually plays a 4-2-3-1 system. The impressive David de Gea in goal is behind a back four with Ferdinand in central defence and the skipper Evra at left back. The latter misses the first leg due to a one-match ban. There are two holding midfield players - recently Giggs and Carrick. Robin van Persie normally plays on his own up front and in the Olympiakos game he was supported on the flanks by Valencia and Welbeck. Juan Mata, signed from Chelsea in the winter break, is cup-tied for the Champions League. Rooney plays in the hole behind van Persie and the England international was very busy on his last visit to Germany where he provided four assists in United's 5-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen in the group stage.