Bayern star rubs in 2012 Europa League humbling to Manchester United on Twitter

Man United V Bilbao

Javi Martinez is looking forward to taking on Manchester United - harking back to his Athletic Bilbao sides 2012 triumph in the Europa League.

Manchester United received perhaps the toughest draw available today in the Champions League quarter-finals - as they will take on swashbuckling European champions Bayern Munich in April for a place in the semi-final.

It is of course not the easiest of draws - but nonetheless Bayern Munich’s players have already made it clear they will not take it easy.

The fact is at Old Trafford teams in Europe always expect the unexpected - to not do so would simply be naïve.

But that does not mean the Theatre of Dreams should hold fear for any of this Bayern team.

And one player in particular will have great memories of the stadium - in fact he shared that information on Twitter this afternoon.

Spanish international Javi Martinez is of course referring to a certain Europa League game played at the stadium in 2012.

Martinez was a star performer in the Athletic Bilbao side that sent United crashing out of the competition in the unsuccessful 2011-12 campaign - even beating the Red Devils 3-2 at home in one of the best travelling performances many a United fan would have ever seen in European competition.

Bilbao outplayed, outpressed and outmanoeuvred United over two legs - and it was good kidology of Martinez to remind United that just two years ago he got the better of them home and away.

He will surely be expecting to do the same next month.

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