Manchester United against Bayern Munich is a fixture that cannot fail to take you on a nostalgic Nou Camp trip back to 26 May 1999, but whenever these titans of European football have gone head-to-head it's been a battle of epic proportions.
Aside from what was probably United's greatest ever triumph, the Reds have only beaten Bayern on one other occasion, which highlights how formidable an opponent the Germans have been in nine meetings. The Bavarians have won three times against United, with four matches drawn. Three meetings came in the epochal 1998/99 campaign, with the sides playing out 2-2 and 1-1 draws. Of course, Bayern thought they'd got the better of United in Barcelona until the timely interventions of Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Two seasons later Bayern got revenge of sorts, knocking United out in 2000/01's quarter-finals, then the following season the clubs again traded group stage draws (1-1 and 0-0). The most recent meetings also came in the last eight, in 2010. In the first leg Wayne Rooney gave United a first-minute lead, but goals from Franck Ribery and Ivica Olic handed Bayern a home win. At Old Trafford, the rampant Reds threatened to 'do a Roma', scoring three inside 41 minutes. But Olic grabbed a goal back before the break and when Rafael was dismissed on 50 minutes it turned the tide. In the ensuing onslaught, Arjen Robben's goal after 74 minutes put Bayern through on away goals and halted what might have turned into a third consecutive European final appearance.
So Bayern will seek a hat-trick of quarter-final victories in April's double header, but as United proved before, even with the odds against us triumph is within reach.
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