Wenger: United need minor miracle but here's how Bayern can be beat

Arsenal manager effectively offers Manchester United manager free advice - but will David Moyes take it?

"To get through, [Manchester] United will need a minor miracle, particularly with Robin van Persie injured."

That is Arsene Wenger's opening assessment to Eurosport regarding United's chances in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against outright tournament favourites Bayern Munich.

The match kicks off at Old Trafford later today, Tuesday and, despite the illustrious history each participant club enjoys in this encounter, their domestic form could not be more of a contrast as the German visitors have already won the Bundesliga while United dwindle in seventh spot in the Premier League.

As such, Bayern are expected to breeze past United, even in the Theatre of Dreams, yet Wenger sees such a forecast to be based on assumption as United not only possess experience in their roster, but Bayern may have lost focus due to a: an early league finish in b: a league that is experiencing a decline in overall standards.

Wenger continues by embellishing on what is required: "Only a minor miracle is needed – let’s not forget that 80% of the players in this team have already won the Champions League, or have reached the final! They didn’t become bad overnight [and] bear in mind that Bayern have already won the Bundesliga.

"It can handicap them, as focus is a habit. And as soon as you start being a little less focused, you get punished. This level of football requires total commitment. Players need to be 100% focused all the time. I think it can be a drawback for Bayern."

In his Eurosport blog, Wenger then seemingly offered David Moyes some free advice on how to approach the match-up. United, for instance, cannot be overawed by the occasion. Bayern, Wenger implies, are not there to be feared, but competed against, before claiming that success can be had if their vulnerable defence is exploited.

"We played Bayern over two legs and only lost because we were down to 10 men for one match. While they have a great system and match-winners like Arjen Robben, I don’t think they are as dominant in controlling the big matches as Barcelona and Real Madrid.

"Maybe there are some possible vulnerabilities in defence, because the Bayern exists on the front foot. Maybe they could be vulnerable to counter attacks or quick balls over the top, because they’re always on the offensive and could get caught out."

Wenger then suggests that if it were he who was selecting the United starting XI then a physically-strong combination would be fielded.

"United have a chance with strong physical play in midfield, and quick counter attacks with vertical runs from deep. That should be their game-plan. But Bayern’s weaknesses are only weaknesses relative to their strengths; they are strong in every department."

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