Champions League LIVE! Manchester United v Bayern Munich - Live coverage - The Independent

Champions League LIVE! Manchester United v Bayern Munich


by j.orr

Hello, and welcome to the Independent's live coverage of this crucial Champions League quarter-final first-leg between Manchester United and Bayern Munich at Old Trafford. Can United slay the German giants?

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  • And the teams are in...the Immortal Welshman Ryan Giggs makes his first appearance for United since his starring role in the 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in the Last-16 second leg. 

    The 40-year-old is joined in the United starting XI by Alexander Buttner, who is tasked with trying to mark his compatriot Arjen Robben , with regular left-back Patrice Evra suspended.

    And on the other wing to Robbe, there is Franck Ribery of course.

    Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Giggs, Rooney, Welbeck
    Subs: Lindegaard, Hernandez, Nani, Young, Fletcher, Januzaj, Kagawa
    Bayern Munich: Neuer, Rafinha, Javi Martinez, Boateng, Alaba, Robben, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Ribery, Kroos, Muller.
    Subs: Starke, Van Buyten, Mandzukic, Shaqiri, Pizarro, Gotze, Hojbjerg
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  • The selection of the legend Giggs has polarised opinion on the Twittersphere..

    4/1/2014 6:10:56 PM
  • Adnan Januzaj is the United bench. The 19-year-old Belgian-born winger was named as the best teenage player in Europe this week. Do you agree? Read the full article HERE
    4/1/2014 6:19:33 PM
  • Another game, and yet another record for Giggs. Mr Milestone indeed

    4/1/2014 6:23:30 PM
  • And here's one for Rooney too, just so he doesn't feel left out...

    4/1/2014 6:26:53 PM
  • 56 min: Rooney crosses from the right into the towering Fellani but the ball is cleared. The giant Belgian noticebly playing in a more advanced position in the second half. A Moyes masterstroke?
    4/1/2014 8:00:09 PM
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  • 58 min: From Rooney's corner, Vidic makes a great run and with unbelievable accuracy heads into the bottom corner when he looked to be running the other way. The centre-back took a nod from his Mexican team-mate Hernadez there, who memorably scored a similar acrobatic header a couple of seasons ago. Game well and truly on. Now it's Bayern against the ropes...
    4/1/2014 8:03:26 PM
  • 60 min: Bayern growing in frustration, Scweinstieger clattering into Carrick and deservedly getting a booking. Rooney looks for Fellaini from the free-kick but the ball evades the big man.
    4/1/2014 8:05:11 PM
  • Almost simultaneously Aletico took the lead at Barcelona, Diego with quite brilliant effort. 
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  • 66 min: That lead didn't take long, eight minutes in fact. Rafinha crosses to Muller, Muller heads the ball down and Schweinsteiger finishes on the half volley with aplomb. Pure class from the German giants.
    4/1/2014 8:10:34 PM
  • 68 min: Much talk before kick-off was Buttner v Robben with Evra suspended, but the United left-back did a fine job on his compatriot there, taking him to the touchline before making the block.
    4/1/2014 8:12:03 PM
  • 71 min: Valencia looks to make inroads down the right, the ball goes lose and he jumps in on Boateng. That looked nasty. Valencia is already on a yellow...what will referee Carlos Velasco Carballo do? Nothing. Fortunate for Valencia there to still be n the field.
    4/1/2014 8:16:58 PM
  • 75 min: Just 15 minutes remain, and Buttner goes off for Young. All change with Valencia switching to right back and Jones moving to left-back leaving Young on the right wing. Will Plan B prevail in the closing stages?
    4/1/2014 8:19:00 PM
  • 78 min: Bayern looking to retain the ball like they did in the first half, but United are up for the battle. Young gallops down the right wing but the move breaks up.
    4/1/2014 8:23:23 PM
  • Both goals tied up in one neat statistical package...

    4/1/2014 8:26:04 PM
  • 85 min: Welbeck heads off and is replaced by super-sub Hernadez. Welbeck receives a standing ovation as he leaves the field, Bayern simply couldn't handle him. If only he judged that chip better...
    4/1/2014 8:28:23 PM
  • 86 min: Hernandez is straight into the thick of things, he bursts forward down the right but is finally tackled by Alaba. United still committing men forward.
    4/1/2014 8:29:52 PM
  • 88 min: Ohh a cheeky foul there from Martinez. Rooney plays it forward to Hernandez, who turns past the Spaniard near the half way line before being clipped. Bayern did have covering players there so Martinez avoids the red.
    4/1/2014 8:32:10 PM
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  • 89 min: But Schweinsteiger cannot avoid the red. On a yellow, he dives in on Rooney. Rooney goes down in distressed fashion and while it looked like Schweinsteiger didn't make much contact, he did slide in late. Second yellow and Carlos Velasco Carballo gives him his marching orders. The German will miss the second leg and disapprovingly waves a finger at Rooney before leaving the pitch.
    4/1/2014 8:35:17 PM
  • FT: And that's it. Honours even as the whistle blows. It may well have been a season of despair for United but they battled back strongly at Old Trafford tonight, and for the majority did not look inferior to the Champions League holders. Schweinsteiger and Martinez both missing the second leg because of suspensions will give United more positives for next Wednesday's clash at the Allianz Arena.
    4/1/2014 8:39:18 PM
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