Manchester United need any boost they can get as they look to overcome arguably the greatest club side currently playing the game.
Over the next nine days, David Moyes will face two legs against the reigning European champions Bayern Munich, knowing that he can still transform his debut season at Old Trafford with an unlikely but spectacular triumph.
With the Bundesliga title already secured – in record time – Pep Guardiola’s men can now focus their attention on attempting to overcome United in the quarter-final. And with the second-leg at the Allianz Arena on April 9, few would bet against the German juggernaut marching on for a while yet.
But following the news that Bayern would be without Thiago Alcantara after the former United target suffered a knee injury at the weekend, there may also be a doubt over the involvement of club captain and surprise of the season Philipp Lahm.
The 30-year-old is most famous for his work as a right-back. However he has been transformed into a holding midfielder this season, and has looked mighty impressive in that role.
However, Sky Sports reported on Monday lunchtime that Lahm trained on his own as Bayern prepared for their match against United.
There is no indication as to why this was, and as yet there is no word on whether or not the German international has a problem that would make him doubtful for the match.
But training away from the other players suggested all may not be right for a player who – if fit – will play a huge role in Bayern’s upcoming matches against Moyes’ men.