Tuesday 1 April 2014


For a short while, an eccentric season for Manchester United, featuring seven home defeats and more ignominy than David Moyes will want to remember, was looking good for a throwback result to shift the entire mood of the club. They had given everything, against superior opponents, and for nine minutes they led and Old Trafford, once again, felt a happy place.

David Moyes and his players will just regret they could not do a better job of protecting the lead before Bayern Munich finally bared their teeth. Instead, Bastian Schweinsteiger's equaliser leaves the European champions in a position of strength going into the return leg next week. Yet not, possibly, the clear position many people might have anticipated bearing in mind the ordeals United have already suffered on this ground.

The ruthless winning machine certainly did not get everything their own way and Schweinsteiger will be banned from the rematch after his late challenge on Wayne Rooney brought him his second yellow card of the night.

Moyes might even be emboldened to think it could have been a more profitable occasion considering the chance that Danny Welbeck passed up in the first half and at least Nemanja Vidic's goal means United will head to Bavaria in a reasonable frame of mind, albeit facing another considerable challenge.

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