A Pep Guardiola team makes for an incredibly dangerous opponent.
Formerly of Barcelona, the manager's detractors would claim that the Spaniard inherited a quality-rich squad, implying that his is the easiest job in sports management, however, under his watch, Barca were at their most majestic and now, just a few seasons later, his Bayern Munich managerial incumbency is already bearing similarities to his tenure at Camp Nou.
Guardiola, 43, deserves the highest of praises. He has, in the words of German press Deutsche Welle "made a perfect team even more perfect" and that is largely down to the appreciation of the pass.
That nous, that ability to not only retain possession and accumulate both touches and attempted passes, but do something useful with the football, has ensured Bayern stormed to the Bundesliga title in record time, claiming the German league crown on Tuesday after a 3-1 victory over Hertha, breaking a record previously set by Bayern themselves.
United better be warned, this is a Bayern team at the peak of their powers, punctuated by passing performances from a number of accomplished athletes Guardiola has developed even further.
Collectively, Bayern completed 990 of their 1,063 pass attempts - a 93% accuracy.
Individually, there were a number of stand-outs: Dante completed 101 of 104 (97%), Jerome Boateng found a team-mate with 120 of his 131 attempts (92%), Toni Kroos completed an extraordinary 143 of his 153 passes (93%) while Philipp Lahm recorded a perfect 134 of 134 (100%).
As a point of comparison, Kroos was responsible for 31% of the total passes that Manchester United completed as an entire team against Manchester City, as David Moyes' men were successful with 456 of their 538 attempts.