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01/04/2014 20:57, Report by Adam Marshall
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The Match: Pride shown

After our match report, we take a closer look at the battling draw with Bayern Munich...

The match

Most people felt Manchester United would be embarrassed by the reigning Champions League holders and a side acknowledged to be the best in Europe. Yet the Reds should never be written off and a display of pride and passion lifted the Old Trafford crowd. Granted, Bayern had plenty of the ball, posting 70 per cent possession, but United had the best chance of the first half when Danny Welbeck was denied by Manuel Neuer when clean through. Nemanja Vidic's header may have been cancelled out by Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was sent off in the closing stages, but David Moyes' men are still very much in the tie ahead of the journey to Bavaria next week.

The goals Wayne Rooney's corner found Vidic in space and the skipper guided a perfect headed finish wide of Neuer to spark jubilant scenes around the ground. Schweinsteiger then latched onto Mario Mandzukic's knock-down to bury a rising shot beyond David De Gea to respond with a crucial equaliser and away goal. Both efforts were beautifully simple in their execution. 

Star man Three of United's back four were nominated for the Man of the Match award by MUTV pundits Danny Higginbotham and Ron Atkinson. Alex Büttner, Nemanja Vidic and Phil Jones put their bodies on the line and performed with real aggression and commitment throughout.

Sub-plot Matches with Bayern will always evoke special memories of the dramatic 1999 final in Barcelona but the Germans have held the upper hand since that incredible night. United were bigger odds to win at home with the bookmakers than anybody could remember, with many people writing off the chances of progression as soon as the draw was made. 

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