CL draw: what history suggests for Manchester United against Bayern Munich

Old Trafford 2

The two sides have met on nine occasions in the Champions League

When Manchester United’s name came out against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final draw, many United fans will be hope they can draw inspiration from their 1999 triumph over the Bundesliga Champions. That came after two draws against Bayern in the group stage earlier on in the competition.

But other than their triumph in 1999, recent history does not appear to be on the side of Manchester United.

Out of the nine meetings in the Champions League, United have won two with Bayern winning three. The other games have been draws, but they have all been tight affairs as when there has been a winner, it’s been decided by the odd goal.

Whilst United have prevailed in 90 minutes against the German giants, they haven't managed to win over two legs.

The last time the two sides met in 2010 when Luis Van Gaal’s Bayern side left Old Trafford after knocking out Sir Alex Ferguson’s side on the away goals rule.

The first leg was turned around after Wayne Rooney had put United ahead in the second minute. Frank Ribery equalised with a free-kick with 15 minutes remaining before Ivica Olic struck just before the final whistle at the Allianz arena.

United's 3-2 win in the second leg wasn’t enough despite the Red Devils racing into a 3-0 lead early on. Arjen Robben’s second half strike ultimately proved to be crucial.

Bayern had some joy subsequent to United’s 1999 triumph when they dumped them out of the competition at the quarter-final stage of the competition in 2001 – winning 1-0 at Old Trafford and 2-1 in Munich. Bayern went on to lift their fourth European Cup that season. The sides met in the group stage in the following season but both games ended level.

With the two side’s currently experiencing contrasting fortunes in their domestic campaigns – with Bayern set to pick up another Bundesliga title, and could have it wrapped up by the time the two sides meet – United are currently struggling to get into the European places this season, it seems that not only does David Moyes need to defy this season’s form book, but he also has a tough time with history.

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch