United on the box

You can watch United v Bayern in full on MUTV from 23:00 BST on Wednesday 7 April.
05/04/2010 07:54, Report by Stewart Gardner

Reds still in the hunt

Come on, cheer up. It’s not over yet.

If you're fearing the worst after the performances against Bayern and Chelsea then you only have to think back three years for inspiration. United were in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against AS Roma and were involved in a battle for the title with Chelsea.

Just like last week, United lost the away leg of the European tie 2-1 and didn’t play particularly well. Then there was a tricky Premier League game the following weekend at Portsmouth... which United also lost 2-1. Spooky, eh?

The season looked like it was fizzling out just at the wrong time. But just as Bayern will do on Wednesday, Roma came to Old Trafford for what United fans considered a win or bust night. And what a night it was! United led 4-0 at half-time, Old Trafford was rocking and in the end the Reds scored seven. Even Patrice Evra found the net. It was one of the most memorable European nights ever at OT... and United went on to win the league.

So, dust yourself down and get ready for Wednesday. A victory for United could spark the sort of run that sees Sir Alex's men win the lot again. But there will have to be a mammoth improvement in United’s performance. For an hour on Saturday, the Reds were remarkably laboured against a Chelsea side that barely broke sweat. The passion, penetration and determination seemed to be missing. It must return on Wednesday night.

Bayern, by the way, won their own top-of-the-table battle at Schalke on the weekend. The Germans are a top side but I feel they are vulnerable at the back. If United go for the throat from the first whistle then a place in a fourth successive Champions League semi-final is a distinct possibility.


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