Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, hailed Manchester United as ‘one of the best teams in the world’ after his side’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The European champions entered the game as clear favourites following Manchester United’s poor campaign and their recent home record with six defeats in the Premier League.
However, United's fine display against the German champions was acknowledged by Guardiola who remains positive for the second leg.
"Manchester United has one of the best teams in the world, so I am quite satisfied (with the result)," the Spaniard said.
"I have full confidence in my players and hope the fans in Munich will push us like the United supporters did for their team.
"We scored an away goal which is important, but we also got lucky that efforts from Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney did not go in. The goal we conceded was difficult to defend.
"It is always dangerous when you go into the second leg with a 1-1 draw, but even a 2-1 victory would have been dangerous. We will try to win the second leg and I am sure we can do it.”
Bayern dominated possession but United always looked dangerous on the counter and Guardiola was happy his side could respond to United’s opener
"I am happy for our performance, with 70% possession, 15 attempts," he continued.
“It is not easy to create the chances, but we created quite enough. We were reacting good after going 1-0 down.
“It is not an exceptional result but it is good enough considering how good Manchester United are."
When asked whether he was annoyed with David Moyes' negative style of play in front of their home fans, Guardiola became confrontational.
“I didn't say that... I didn't say that! I respect my colleague (David Moyes). My colleague can play...” but just as the Bayern boss elaborated, he demanded to a journalist: “Look at me when I talk to you. Look at me when I talk to you! I'm trying to explain,” before shaking his head.
Guardiola didn’t want get drawn into a debate about the incident, which saw Bastian Schweinsteiger get sent off following his second yellow card in the 90th minute.
When asked if he agreed with the decision, he said: "Absolutely not.
"I spoke with the referee and he gave me his opinion. I have to respect (it).
"He is a very good referee. He made a very, very good game, but it is unfair, but it is OK.
“To win the Champions League you have to solve and overcome everything. In football this kind of thing happens."
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