Guardiola warns Bayern to improve ahead of United clash

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Pep Guardiola wants a better performance from Bayern Munich against Manchester United than the one they exhibited against Hoffenheim.

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has demanded an improved performance from his side when they take on Manchester United on Tuesday.

The German champions will face their Premier League counterparts in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at Old Trafford.

The Bavarian giants will head into the two-legged encounter as heavy favourites, but they warmed up for the clash in Manchester on a sour note as they dropped points at home for the first time in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

Bayern fell behind against Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena midway through the first half when Anthony Modeste gave the visitors the lead, but Claudio Pizarro restored parity just past the half-hour mark.

Xherdan Shaqiri put the home side ahead just minutes later and Pizarro made it 3-1 before the break.

Sejad Salihovic pulled one back for Hoffenheim on the stroke of half time and Roberto Firmino secured a point for Markus Gisdol’s side with a brilliant strike 15 minutes from full time.

Guardiola fielded a largely second-string team with one eye on the United match, as Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic were all on the bench.

However, the 43-year-old tactician claims that his side need to improve to get a positive result at Old Trafford.

“All credit to Hoffenheim,” Guardiola told Bayern’s official website. “Their pressing was excellent, but we found some good solutions in the first half. We didn’t play well in the second half.

“We need the ball. If we don’t have it, we have a problem. We need to sit down and analyse this match and then quickly turn our attention to Tuesday. We have to improve.”

Meanwhile, United warmed up for Tuesday’s fixture with a comprehensive 4-1 home win against Aston Villa, with Wayne Rooney finding the target twice.

The victory will certainly give David Moyes’s side more confidence for the clash against Bayern, but the German outfit will still be favourites.

Guardiola has a habit of playing down his side’s chances even against the weakest of oppositions, and having deployed a number of bench-warmers on Saturday, he will probably not be too worried against a struggling United team.

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