Five key points from Manchester United's draw with Bayern Munich

Nemanja Vidic

An entertaining contest between the champions of England and Germany saw Nemanja Vidic and Bastian Schweinsteiger net in a 1-1 draw.

Danny Welbeck was unlucky with a fantastic early strike

For much of the game Welbeck was a threat to Bayern's defence with his pace and commitment, but there was one moment early on where the England man scored what could have been the goal of his career. Juggling the ball on the edge of the area, referee Carlos Carballo ruled that Welbeck's outstretched leg endangered hapless defender Javi Martinez, just as the United striker lashed the ball past Manuel Neuer. It was controversial to say the least, and terrible luck for Welbeck.

The lack of mobility for United in central areas was incredible in the first half

A midfield three of Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini is never going to win any contests for mobility, but with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic behind them, it's no surprise that United were under constant pressure by Bayern's energetic free flowing football. That the midfield sat there and scarcely came out of their own half invited the Germans onto them, and Moyes will have to employ either a more energetic midfield at the Allianz Arena, or a different system to survive another 90 minutes.

Alexander Buttner really staked a claim for a first team place

Despite scarcely featuring for United this season, Alexander Buttner has done his claims to replace Patrice Evra no harm at all with three strong performances over the last couple of weeks. He started United's two recent Premier League victories against West Ham and Aston Villa, as well as doing as well as could be expected against compatriot Arjen Robben. The only games he missed recently were the 3-0 defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City, matches in which Evra had a horror show in. Could he be an option at left back next year?

How much will the Reds miss Nemanja Vidic?

United captain Nemanja Vidic has had an up and down season in 2013-14, not his usual dominant self as often as he would expect to be. But against Bayern he was phenomenal in his defensive display and contributed an absolutely outstanding headed goal to put the Reds in the lead. With the Serb already announced as moving to Inter next year, United will certainly miss their leader - even if he plays like this in just 75% of his games. Was this really his last European night at Old Trafford?

United grew into this game, and it could be the making of the Moyes era

After a testing first half that saw United under the cosh but capable of the odd scare, Moyes obviously said the right thing at half time to give the players that extra bit of belief. Alongside the introduction of Shinji Kagawa for Giggs, surely something the Scot must consider moving forward, United got amongst Bayern sufficiently to the extent that Vidic's goal felt deserved when it came. And with Schweinsteiger suspended for the return leg, Moyes has to make his players believe this is them turning the corner.

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