Created on 31-03-2014 at 15:35 PM
Bayern versus Manchester United is the clash between the teams that have made the Champions League quarter-finals more often than any others. Both clubs are through to the last eight for the 13th time, a feat unmatched by any other club. Both FCB and United subsequently went through to the semi-finals on seven occasions.
Old Trafford for the fifth time
On Tuesday night Bayern will play at Old Trafford for the fifth time in their history. The Bavarians’ record at the self-styled Theatre of Dreams is balanced with one win (1-0 in April 2001), two draws (1-1 in December 1998, 0-0 in March 2002), and one defeat (3-2 in April 2010). The overall record in the fixture is also relatively even with three Bayern victories, four draws, and two wins for United.
FCB on English soil
Bayern’s record on English soil reads five victories, seven draws, and six defeats. In recent times the FIFA Club World champions have run up four straight wins in England: 3-1 away to Arsenal and 2-1 against Dortmund in the Champions League final last season, and 3-1 at Manchester City and 2-0 away to Arsenal this season. On the other hand Manchester United have won their last five matches at home to Bundesliga teams, against Schalke, Wolfsburg, Stuttgart and twice against Leverkusen. Overall, United’s record against English clubs reads eight wins, three draws, and two defeats.
Via United into the final?
Bayern and Manchester United have met twice before in the Champions League quarter-finals. Germany’s biggest club prevailed on both occasions and also went on to reach the final both times (2001, 2010). Another statistic looks like an even better omen for the Bavarians: whenever FCB have overcome English opposition in a knockout round in European competition they have gone on to win the trophy: in the 1996 UEFA Cup (5-1 away to Nottingham Forest), and in 2001 (1-0 away to Manchester United) and 2013 (3-1 away to Arsenal) in the Champions League.
Guardiola v United
Two of Pep Guardiola’s biggest triumphs as a coach are associated with Manchester United. As Barcelona boss, the FCB head coach won the Champions League twice in finals against United, 2-0 in the 2009 edition in Rome, and 3-1 at Wembley in 2011.
Ban looms for Javi
Javi Martínez is the only FCB man going into the quarter-final against Manchester United with the threat of suspension hanging over him. If the Spaniard is booked at Old Trafford he will miss the return in Munich next week. Dante sits out Tuesday’s clash in Manchester with a ban. For Manchester United, Patrice Evra misses out after collecting three yellow cards. Centre-back Rio Ferdinand faces the same problem as Martínez.