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31/03/2014 16:00, Report by M Froggatt, N Thomas
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Preview: Bayern Munich

goalkeeper Tom Starke starting behind a back four of Rafinha, Dante, van Buyten and Contento. The midfield had a more familiar look with Schweinsteiger and Thiago anchoring and Gömez, Shaqiri and Ribery providing the ammunition for lone forward Claudio Pizarro.

Betting: Official betting partners bwin have priced United to win the first leg at odds of 6.00 and Bayern at 1.45, while the draw is at a reasonable 4.60. In terms of winning on aggregate, you can back the Reds at 6.50 and Pep Guardiola’s side at 1.09.

Last meeting: Back in April 2010, Bayern wrecked United's hopes of reaching a third successive Champions League final by triumphing on away goals at Old Trafford. Darren Gibson and Nani (2) put the Reds 3-0 up at half-time, before goals from Ivica Olić and Arjen Robben proved decisive after the break.

The manager: Pep Guardiola is widely regarded as one of the finest managers in world football, having guided Barcelona to two Champions League titles and 11 other major trophies during his four-season reign at Camp Nou. The former Spain international left the Catalan club in 2012 and took a year out of football, before joining Bayern at the beginning of this season. He has since guided the club to the UEFA Super Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and the Bundesliga title.

Star man: Despite contributing heavily to Bayern’s five-trophy haul during 2013, Franck Ribery finished third in the running for FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award, an annual prize that is given to the world’s best player. Rather than accepting his ranking with grace, the French wing wizard was left baffled by Cristiano Ronaldo’s victory. “I won everything, with the team and individually.

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