Tuchel and Musiala preview Old Trafford test

Monday 11 December 2023 19:23

Bayern Munich manager Thomas Tuchel says that Manchester United have a dangerous "aura", as the Germans prepare to face the Reds at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The former Chelsea boss met with the media at Old Trafford on Monday evening, before his side were set to train at the Theatre of Dreams, and said he will not be taking Erik ten Hag's side lightly, despite our disappointing loss to Bournemouth on Saturday.

"They are always a dangerous team," he said of United.

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"My experience is that it is always dangerous to play Manchester United. They have a certain aura and certain mentality that makes them difficult to defeat.

"I feel that is part of the DNA of the club that they can overcome difficult minutes and difficult moments.

"You see in their strong moments how strong they are and the stadium [Old Trafford] plays a big role. The spectators are emotional and the stadium creates special moments.

"It is a difficult place to come and play, but it is a good challenge for us."

He added: "For me personally, a game in Manchester United is always a big game. It cannot be described in any other way.

"It [Old Trafford] is one of the biggest stages in football. It has a certain aura and electricity around it. When they are good, they are really, really good and very dangerous in all positions."

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Musiala spoke to the media prior to Tuchel, explaining how he expects there to be an intense atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams for Tuesday's Champions League clash.

"Old Trafford is definitely a stadium that lots of kids would love to play in," he said.

"There is so much history there and when I was younger, the Old Trafford games always had a good atmosphere.

"I think the atmosphere will be amazing."

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He added: "I think they [United]  have had lots of ups and downs this season but they are definitely a dangerous team that can hurt us if we aren't at our best."

The 20-year-old was also asked about United's 18-year-old midfielder Kobbie Mainoo, and whether he had any advice for young players coming through and breaking into the first team and continuing to develop.

"I haven't heard much about him but if he is in the Manchester United squad, he must have lots of quality," said Musiala.

"I think for a young player, it is about just having that confidence in yourself. Especially when you are playing with older people and people who have a bit more experience that you get that trust that you are meant to be where you are right now."