Nemanja Vidic is targeting a victory in Munich on Tuesday, but expects a stern test from a Bayern attack that has the potential to mix skill and strength to devastating effect.
The big centre-half is likely to be designated the task of keeping Mario Gomez or Miroslav Klose as quiet as possible, and hopes the Reds can maintain a healthy balance of a strong defence and potent attack.
“Bayern build things up well from the back and they have a few players with real quality on the ball – people like Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben,” said Vidic. "They have pace and skill and can beat defenders one on one. They also have a few big forwards who are very good in the penalty area – they’re old-fashioned goalscoring strikers.
“Like every team, Bayern have strengths and weaknesses. They’ll try and play to their strengths, while we’ll look to exploit their weaknesses. We’re going to Munich looking to win the game.”
German sides often develop a reputation for being strong and physical, two traits that Nemanja possesses in abundance. However, the Serbian insist it doesn’t matter what sort of attack he comes up against as long as he is fully focused and at his best.
“To be honest, I don’t have a preferred type of opponent. Every team and every striker is different, so you just have to deal with whatever comes your way.
“Just because a player is big it doesn’t mean he doesn’t have good technique. My job is to make sure I’m focused 100 per cent because if I’m not that’s when mistakes can occur.”
An away win or even a score draw at the Allianz Arena would put United in the driving seat for the return leg at Old Trafford on Wednesday 7 April.