Holders Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw at a resilient Manchester United on Tuesday but remain favourites to clinch their Champions League quarter-final despite losing Bastian Schweinsteiger to a red card.
Bayern played the last few minutes at Old Trafford with 10 men after Schweinsteiger, who scored their equaliser in the 67th minute, got a second booking for tripping Wayne Rooney, ruling him out of next Wednesday’s second leg at the Allianz Arena.
Schweinsteiger’s superbly taken first-time lash into the roof of David De Gea’s net came nine minutes after United skipper Nemanja Vidic stretched to clinically head a Rooney corner past stranded goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 58th.
“Congratulations to the team,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola told reporters. “I am satisfied because Manchester United is one of the best teams in the world and that is something we should not forget.
“The away goal is extremely important even though the 1-1 can be tricky. We will try to win the return leg and I have full confidence in my players,” added the Spaniard whos team are still on track to repeat the treble they claimed last season.
United’s performance was in stark contrast to their recent 3-0 home defeats by arch-rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in a lacklustre Premier League campaign.
Although the draw ended United’s run of four straight Champions League home wins this season, it was a huge improvement on much of their domestic league form which has left them stranded in seventh place in the table.
Manager David Moyes, who has endured a tough baptism this season after taking over from the retired Alex Ferguson, had said his main wish was to have a foothold in the tie going into the second leg and he was encourged by United’s performance.
“I was really pleased with the way we played there was a great atmosphere a great crowd, it was really gutsy, ” he told ITV Sport.
“There was a real determination tonight to make sure we did well. Its a competition we have a really good history in, and we played a really good side tonight.”
With Schweinsteiger and defender Javi Martinez now suspended for the return, Moyes was asked if he had more belief in winning next week against a side who retained their domestic title with seven matches left and are in the German Cup semi-finals.
“Well we have to score a goal because if the score stays as it is, Bayern goes through and we have to do something about it.
“We said we wanted to go into the second leg with a real chance and we have done that. We have given ourselves a continued…