Watching the way in which Liverpool and Manchester City took Manchester United apart, with something to spare, at Old Trafford makes you shudder to think what will happen against Bayern München next week.
Manchester City and Liverpool are, of course, no slouches. Between them they possess a generous handful of the best players in the world. But neither club is at the footballing level of Bayern Munchen. On their day, Manchester City could perhaps get close to the Germans. But we are talking about the champions of Europe, the favourites for this year’s competition and the team who just won a competitive domestic league in record time.
In short, they are the best team in Europe and on the best form of their season. Some Manchester United fans will go into the game with a modicum of hope. But most will, for the first time, dread the prospect of a Champions League quarter final. It’s not because Manchester United don’t have the players to compete with anyone on their day. It’s because their manager is utterly out of his depth with no idea of how to affect a positive change at the club.
If Bayern München go for the jugular from the off this could be one of the most humiliating defeats in Manchester United’s history. In reality we think that Bayern will take a lead and then sit back and play within themselves. They don’t need to win 4-0 at Old Trafford. They simply need to get on the scoresheet and then sit back and watch Manchester United pass the ball sideways in front of their defence.
We also imagine that, for David Moyes, the end of the season can’t come quickly enough. And that is no way for Manchester United to be feeling with a Champions League quarter Final in prospect.
Dark days indeed for Manchester United.
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