Register Login Live

International

Moyes: We Have Defensive Issues Vs Bayern

Manchester United manager, David Moyes, is confident his side stand a chance against the European champions in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.

United enter the game on the back of a 4-1 victory against Aston Villa, while Bayern Munich only drew 3-3 at home against Hoffenheim.

However, the Bavarians have already clinched their 24th German title and the draw on the weekend - during which Guardiola rested a couple of key players - was only their third league game which they didn’t win. United, meanwhile, are in shocking form this season and have only an outside chance of still qualifying for next year’s Champions League.

"We have a tough game against probably the best team in Europe,” Moyes commented on his team’s chances against the treble winner.

"But you know, bring the challenge on, we'll get a good result.

"We are going into the game knowing that on our day we are as good a side as any.

"We have to show it more often than we have done but I have great belief in the players. I have said that from day one and it hasn't changed.

"I get the feeling they (the players) all want to play. I can tell by their training and their attitude that they are saying 'this is a big game' and they all want to play in the big games.

“That's what I think that over the years the players here have wanted to do."

In addition, to their poor home form this season – United have already lost more home games than in the previous three season together (6) – Moyes has a few injury worries at the back.

Right-back Rafael is a doubt for the game with a thigh strain, while left-back Patrice Evra is suspended and his deputy Alex Buttner ended Saturday's game against Villa with a tight hamstring.

The Dutchman did take part in an open training session on Monday, though, along with centre-backs Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans who did not feature at the weekend.

"We have defensive issues undoubtedly. I won't be giving out my team today but, as everybody is aware, we will have to make one or two changes,” Moyes continued.

Despite injury problems, with Robin van Persie also not near to returning, Moyes is looking forward to facing one of Europe’s top coaches.

"I'm looking forward to coming up against Pep Guardiola. It's the first time. I'm sure there'll be many more times in the future,” he added.

United's player/assistant coach, Ryan Giggs, added that the Red Devils don’t need to fear Bayern, but remained silent when asked about his own future.

"We don't see us as underdogs," said Giggs. 

"We're United playing at home in the Champions League. We're looking forward to it."

"At the end of the season I'll stock and see what I want to do. The relationship (with David Moyes) is good. I know I'm not going to play every game. You can't sulk."

When an American reporter asked whether Giggs planned to take over from his under-fire boss, the question was blocked by United’s press officer before Giggs could answer.

Do Manchester United have a chance to upset the German giants? Have your say in the comment section below.

 

nextarticle

Robben: We Don't Fear United At All

96 comments

Top 5

Official: Wits Announce Third January Signing

6 Jan 18, 2020 10:18 AM in PSL

UEFA Announce 2019 Team Of The Year, Salah Snubbed

8 Jan 15, 2020 02:46 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

The 10 Richest Clubs In The World Revealed

13 Jan 14, 2020 12:27 PM in World News

Comforting Message For Makaringe

158 Jan 17, 2020 08:00 AM in Orlando Pirates

Pitso Criticises Bucs Star For Showboating

253 Jan 15, 2020 10:16 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

Professor Slams Pitso!

231 Jan 16, 2020 02:31 PM in PSL

Official: Chiefs Confirm Two January Departures

107 Jan 14, 2020 07:11 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Highest-Attended Football Matches In 2019

12 Jan 17, 2020 08:00 PM in World News

Amakhosi’s New Man Gets To Work – Squad Number Revealed?

35 Jan 16, 2020 10:53 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Castro Joins Chiefs' List Of 2020 Negotiations

25 Jan 17, 2020 07:06 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Richest Footballers In The World

28 Nov 24, 2019 07:17 PM in World News

Key Sundowns Man Makes His Return

27 Jan 17, 2020 09:20 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

9 Players Who Left Barca Because Of Messi

29 Nov 03, 2019 10:21 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

What Fadlu Told Pitso In Showboating Saga

45 Jan 16, 2020 03:52 PM in Orlando Pirates