The Champions League quarter-final draw was one of the most anticipated draws in years – such is the quality and stature of the final eight.
When considering that Manchester United are arguably the weakest of the eight sides remaining in the draw, it speaks volumes of how good the opposition are.
As it happened, arguably United’s best hope were German side Borussia Dortmund. Instead, they drew reigning Champions League champions Bayern Munich and this year’s favourites to retain the trophy.
The two sides have some incredible history, and a certain section of the Bayern fans will not have forgotten that famous night in Barcelona in 1999.
Nowadays, despite not facing each other since that entertaining quarter-final clash in 2010 – where Bayern advanced on away goals following a 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford – the two sides shared the headlines during the January transfer window as two Bayern stars were linked with moves to Old Trafford.
German international play-maker Toni Kroos has yet to sign a new deal at the Allianz Arena, and still could end up at old Trafford during the summer. The other player to be linked was Brazilian centre-back Dante – with some reports claiming the two clubs had agreed a deal.
Despite United’s struggles this season, when hearing of the draw, Dante immediately warned his teammates that the Red Devils are still an excellent team with great tradition.
Reported by Sambafoot, he said: "At this stage of the Champions League we just have great teams. Any team we face at this stage would be tricky.
“Manchester United is a team with great tradition and even though they’re not at their best in the Premier League, they are still an excellent team.”
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