The dramatic Treble-crowning victory of 11 years ago remains United's sole win over the German giants in seven previous encounters...
Form guide: Bayern qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League after finishing second in their group, and squeezed through the last 16 with an away goals victory over Fiorentina. They went down 2-1 to Stuttgart at home at the weekend, having taken the lead through Ivica Olic. That followed a 1-0 cup semi-final win at Schalke and a 2-1 league reverse at Eintracht Frankfurt, before which Bayern had gone 19 games unbeaten. They now trail Schalke at the top of the Bundesliga by two points. United go into the game with tails up: Saturday's 4-0 triumph at Bolton was the latest in a seven-game winning streak in which the Reds have scored 19 times. Four of those goals came in the home leg trouncing of AC Milan, which secured United’s first two-legged victory over the Italian side. Now the Reds are out to repeat the feat against Bayern.
Ins and outs: Sir Alex Ferguson is confident Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand will be fit to play, but United are without long-term absentees Wes Brown (metatarsal), Michael Owen (hamstring), Anderson (knee) and John O'Shea (thigh). Arjen Robben is a big doubt for Bayern after picking up a calf injury at the weekend, while there are also question marks over fellow winger Franck Ribery. Striker Mario Gomez has a chance of featuring after recovering from his calf problem, but Bastian Schweinsteiger sits out a one-match suspension. Martin Demichelis made his comeback as a substitute against Stuttgart, following a three-week lay-off.
Star men: If fit, both Dutchman Robben and Frenchman Ribery will provide width, pace and a real attacking threat for Bayern. Robben has 10 goals to his name this term, while Ribery has been in and out of the team with a knee problem but continues to menace opposition defences. Sir Alex has made plans to combat the two players known collectively as 'Robbery', and who he believes are "special in Bayern's set-up".
Manager: Louis van Gaal ended a four-year spell at AZ Alkmaar, whom he had guided to the title in his native