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United have work to do in Manchester next week after a sickening dose of familiar medicine in Munich.
The Reds looked all set to come home with a decent score draw but that all changed when, two minutes into injury time, Bayern striker Ivica Olic swept past a couple of defenders and finally beat the man who'd been a big obstacle all night, Edwin van der Sar.
United had led for the majority of the match, from Wayne Rooney's lightning strike in the second minute until Franck Ribery's free-kick equaliser in the 77th. But the home side were the better side on the night and will come to Old Trafford full of confidence.
The Reds' first attack produced the coveted away goal. Only fifteen seconds in, Nani was brought down by the masked Martin Demichelis close to the corner flag. The Argentine assailant was then found wanting as the winger’s free-kick, via a large deflection off Markus van Bommel, dropped into the six-yard box where Rooney volleyed triumphantly into the roof of the net.
It was a dream start for the Reds and it threatened to get even better as Sir Alex’s superior midfield unit sliced through the Bayern rearguard and presented Nani with an opportunity of his own. Unfortunately, he scuffed wide of the near post but the opening was encouraging, as was his right-wing cross that skimmed off the bar.
With the injured Arjen Robben forced to watch from the stands, Bayern were pinning their hopes on Franck Ribery. There were several flashes of danger from the French international inside the first half-hour - a low drive well held by van der Sar, a majestic ball through the heart of United’s defence that Hamit Altintop couldn’t kill, and a searing run down the left flank past Gary Neville. On the last attack, Ribery’s