A heavy defeat for Manchester United against Bayern Munich could leave them struggling to sign German based players this summer.
This evening’s game against Bayern Munich is huge for Manchester United and not just because it happens to be the last eight of the Champions League.
The game throws up the first chance for United to match themselves up against a player they have been strongly linked with signing this summer; Toni Kroos.
The Bayern and Germany star has excelled under Pep Guardiola in recent weeks and he has the ability to really hurt the side that could buy him this summer.
However, if the Old Trafford crowd are treated to the sort of performance we’ve recently seen against Liverpool and Manchester City, then United and David Moyes stand to lose a lot more than just the 24-year-old German.
The match and the performance from both sides is going to be heavily watched, scrutinised and monitored by the German media.
There are also going to be several German based players, some of whom United have been linked with, who are likely to cast an eye over the fixture out of interest.
United’s struggles this season aren’t new and they certainly aren’t new news, but this will be a first chance for several fans and players in Germany to watch United closely to see just how big the current cracks in the side are.
In short, if United are turned over this evening and head off to the Allianz Arena with the tie having already evaporated, then United may find it difficult to convince their German based transfer targets to link up with them ahead of next season.
Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, Matthias Ginter, the list goes on and on.
They are all top quality players, along with Kroos, who have been linked with Old Trafford moves this summer.
It’s almost like the ultimate shopping window for United; play well and they look like an attractive club to get involved with and drive forward but get beaten badly, and the high profile names in question are likely to steer well clear giving Moyes problems in terms of attracting his top Bundesliga based targets at the end of the campaign.