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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.

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