There’s room for improvement in United’s record against German clubs - with just three wins in ten aways. Here’s a reminder of the Reds’ past encounters…
Bayer Leverkusen (Played 2, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 0)
The Reds have never lost to Leverkusen - but that name alone still evokes shudders. United couldn’t build on Keano’s first-half strike in April 2002 and bowed out of the semi finals on away goals after drawing 1-1 on the night, 3-3 on aggregate. A group-stage win the following season - 2-1, Ruud scoring two, Berba netting for Bayer - hardly made up for it.
Bayern Munich (P 3, W 0, D 2, L 1)
Although United unforgettably beat Germany's biggest club on neutral soil at the Nou Camp, there’s been no such success in Bayern's backyard. A quarter-final defeat in 2000/01 (1-2, Giggs scoring for the Reds) was sandwiched between two group-stage draws when Bayern equalised in the final three minutes. How ironic. The first visit in ‘98/99 ended 2-2 (Yorke, Scholes) and United’s last trip in ‘01/02 finished 1-1 (Van Nistelrooy).
Borussia Dortmund (P 2, W 0, D 1, L 1)
United’s first-ever German opponents were genial hosts; they didn’t score against Matt Busby’s pioneering side, who duly went through 3-2 on aggregate in ‘56/57 after drawing 0-0 at the Rote Erde Stadion. Forty years on Dortmund had the last laugh, inflicting shock 0-1 defeats in both legs of the ‘96/97 semi-final.
VfB Stuttgart (P 1, W 0, D 0, L 1)
Only a group-stage stumble in 2003/04 – United conceded two goals in two minutes, early in the second half, and lost 1-2 despite Ruud pulling a goal back from the penalty spot.
ASK Vorwaerts (P 1, W 1, D 0, L 0)
The ‘65/66 campaign was best remembered for George Best’s performance away to Benfica, but in the first round, the Reds won 2-0 in East Berlin – against an East German army team. Denis Law and John Connelly scored on a bitterly cold night.