Wednesday 9 April 2014

Bayern Munich vs Manchester United: 7 Interesting Things You Need To Know

Tonight's Champions League quarter-final sees the return leg of the German Champions and the fallen English Champions, two teams with contrasting fortunes in their respective domestic leagues. Guardiola's Bayern have recently been successful in the defence of their league title (even winning it in record time), while Moyes' United are in danger of being the worst defending champions in Premier League history.

The result from the first leg (1-1) was truthfully a more than impressive show from a Manchester United, who many had expected to be thrashed by a rampant Bayern, leading to the now highly anticipated second-leg in Munich. Here are seven interesting statistical facts from the two sides ahead of their showdown at the Allianz Arena.
1. Just One Win in Six Away CL Games for United
Manchester United have just one win in their last six away games in the Champions League, drawing three and losing two. Not the best of away records to bring to a daunting trip to Germany's powerhouse, but United can take faith in the fact that their sole away win had come in a 5-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in Germany.

2. No Side Has Won More Penalties Than Bayern
Bayern Munich have won the most penalties so far in this season's Champions League competition. All four of the penalties were won by Arjen Robben (no other player has won more than two so far), but the German side have only been able to convert two out of the four spot-kicks.

3. Bayern Have Won 14 of Their Last 18 CL Home Games
While Manchester United's home form has been questionable at best this season, their German opponents have a solid home record to back them up. In their previous 18 Champions League games, the German side have managed a total of 14 wins, and just two defeats. The surprising fact is that all four of the home games that Bayern hadn't managed to win were against English sides

4. Bayern Have Failed to Score Just Once in Twenty-Eight Times in the CL
If United are thinking of keeping a clean sheet while scoring a goal to edge out the mighty Germans of Munich, they will have to realise the size of that task. Only once in their last twenty-eight Champions League matches have Bayern failed to score. However United can take hope again that it was English side (Arsenal in March 2013) who had stopped the Germans from scoring

5. United Have Scored in Their Last 15 German Meetings in the CL
Manchester United hold a record of having managed to score in their last fifteen meetings with German clubs in the Champions League. An encouraging record for the Red Devils who now have to take on another German club in the competition, but do keep in mind that it was Bayern Munich in 2002 who were the last German side that United had failed to score against.

6. The Last Team to Beat Bayern in the CL Knock-Out Rounds Were English
Of their last eight games in the Champions League knock-out rounds, Bayern have won six and drawn two of them. Perhaps another fact the Red Devils will look to for inspiration is that the last team that got the better of them was Arsenal of England.

7. Since 1999 it's Been Just One Win in Seven for United Against Munich

United will grimace at this poor record against Bayern, but the statistics don't lie. Since 1999, the two sides have met seven times in the Champions League and it's been just one win out of seven for the Old Trafford outfit (under Sir Alex Ferguson), coupled with three draws and three defeats. His predecessor did not manage too good a record against the German giants of Munich in the past decade, but will Moyes be the one to change that now?

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