09/04/2014 07:47, Report by Ben Hibbs

Stepney: Keeping patient

Ex-Reds goalkeeper Alex Stepney says David De Gea is a key figure and could provide the platform for a famous United win in Germany...

How should United approach the game? Our away record this season has been absolutely fantastic – apart from Olympiacos. Bayern are the European champions, they're a very good team. But I've got to say that our tactics at home in the first leg against Bayern were spot-on. Defensively we looked really strong and going into this second leg we know we've got to score, and we know we can score. If we can score early that would really set the tie off, but it could be one of those games where the longer it goes on and there is no score that it really ups the ante for Bayern. If we defend like we did last week then I think we've got a great chance because that will give us the foundation to go on and hopefully get the all-important goal. I'm hoping we'll get that one goal to take us through and even better if it's right at the end.

How do we stop Bayern? We know all about Robben and Ribery. Fortunately they've got a couple of players missing through suspension or injury. Whoever they bring in are not going to be bad players and midfield is their real strength – Pep Guardiola has instilled in this team what he had at Barcelona. Our back four has to be solid, and our midfield has to protect them. And, of course, David De Gea has to be in top form.

Who are our key players? De Gea is one of our key players, without doubt. He has pulled off some unbelievable saves on many occasions this season. Manuel Neuer is another goalkeeper who you have to admire but he has been on the receiving end of a United win with Schalke a few seasons ago. So I'm hoping that it's David who comes out on top. Both goalkeepers could be vitally important for their teams because we could be talking about fine margins that decide this tie. If David can do his job as well as he has been doing then hopefully we can go up the other end and grab the crucial goal to take us through.

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