With just three wins in 11 trips into Germany, it's safe to say there's room for improvement when it comes to United’s record against German clubs in the European Cup. 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 - hardly made up for it.
Bayern Munich (P 4, W 0, D 2, L 2)
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 ‘09/10, finished 1-2 (Rooney) as the Germans won it with the last kick of the game.
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