"You just never know" - Manchester United defender optimistic ahead of Bayern challenge

Manchester United defender Phil Jones has refused to rule the Red Devils out of their Champions League tie with Bayern Munich.

David Moyes has endured a difficult season since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson last summer, and with a top four place now almost impossible, the club are putting their hopes into the Champions League - the one tournament United have a somewhat realistic chance of competing in.

But whilst they produced an exceptional comeback to see off Olympiacos in the last round, United now face a much sterner test as they take on German giants Bayern Munich - who of course won the Champions League trophy last season.

Pep Guardiola's side are clear favourites to progress to the next round of the tournament with United struggling this season, but defender Jones is refusing to write off his team mates ahead of the first leg tonight, suggesting that they could still see off Bayern despite it seeming incredibly unlikely.

“Listen, we are realistic and know how difficult the game is going to be. We know how well they are playing, they are in form and have won the league with seven games to go. But who knows? It is the Champions League, it is a home tie at Old Trafford and if we get the crowd behind us then you just never know," said Jones.

“I think if we were top of the league, Bayern would still have been favourites because they have got a superb team full of individual class. We have got to work on how to beat them," he added.

Jones will feature for Moyes' men at right back today, meaning he will be matched up against Ballon d'Or finalist Franck Ribery - a daunting task for the former Blackburn Rovers man, but one that he will have to excel in in order to push United towards an unlikely victory.

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