United a battered boxer, ‘with one blow they can inflict pain’ says Bayern supremo

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As Bayern Munich prepare to face Manchester United, the German club's chairman has warned against complacency.

Between now and kick-off at Old Trafford, there will be plenty of stories writing-off Manchester United’s chances of causing a major shock and beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final.

And in truth, even if David Moyes’ men get the better of the Bundesliga and European champions this evening, they still have the not so small matter of overcoming them in the Allianz Arena on April 9.

But after Bayern’s players and manager warned that United should not be underestimated despite their less than impressive season to date, now the German club’s chairman has had his say.

In an interview with German newspaper Bild, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said United were like a battered boxer who can “with a single blow to an opponent, inflict pain.”

And he is absolutely right. United may have endured rather than enjoyed this campaign, but they still have the players to deliver a knock-out blow to one of the greatest club sides currently playing the game.

Just as Bayern hit United for six with a late Arjen Robben strike on their last visit to Old Trafford in 2010, having previously seemed down-and-out, Moyes will know that one goal could change everything – even his legacy.

Of course Pep Guardiola’s side are the favourites. But we have all been watching football long enough to know that favourites can be there for the taking.

Now it is up to Wayne Rooney et al to deliver the “single blow” Rummenigge has warned of, while shielding themselves from the same.

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