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Manchester United drew 1-1 with Bayern Munich at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in the first leg of the quarterfinals tie with the defending European champions.

A headed goal from captain Nemanja Vidic put the Red Devils in front before Bastian Schweinsteiger equalized for the Bavarians nine minutes later in the second half.

The Germany midfielder was then sent off late in the game for a challenge on Wayne Rooney, meaning he along with Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez will miss the return leg at the Allianz Arena due to injury and suspension, respectively.

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola was unhappy with the red card decision.

"I spoke with the referee," he said. "He's a very good referee. He made a very, very good game but it's unfair [this red card]. But it's OK. If you want to win the Champions League you have to solve and overcome everything during the competition. I gave my opinion to the referee, that's all."

However David Moyes disagreed with his rival coach, insisting Schweinsteiger tripped Rooney and deserved his dismissal.

"I think Schweinsteiger trips Wayne up. It's a booking or at least a foul," said the Scot.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer claims Antonio Valencia should have been sent off the during the clash.

"If you apply the same standards then I don't know how Valencia stays on," Sammer told Sky. "If the referee has a policy, then he must go through with it.”

"There's no question that what Schweinsteiger did was a foul but, with Valencia, there were also several fouls, including his outstretched leg against Jerome Boateng. At this level, you have to apply the same standards."

Netherlands winger Arjen Robben also criticised United for their ‘defensive’ approach to the game.

"It was not easy, as Man United played very defensively and didn't leave any gaps. We wanted to play football but they tried to stop us, just playing on the counter-attack, it was almost like handball,” he claimed.

David Moyes praised his team for their fighting spirit and thanked the fans for their support at Old Trafford. The boss believes United have a ‘great opportunity’ to eliminate the champions of Europe in the tie.

"We know we've got to score a goal in the second leg. We have to do something about it," said Moyes.

Bayern Munich’s away goal will count more than United’s home goal unless the English champions manage to score at the Allianz Arena.

"But we've given ourselves a great opportunity," he added.

Manchester United face Newcastle away on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.

In early team news, Juan Mata will be available again, as will Patrice Evra who was suspended for the game in midweek.

Alexander Buttner and Ryan Giggs were taken off injured against Bayern Munich and doubts remain over Chris Smalling, and Rafael. Robin van Persie also remains out injured. David Moyes will confirm the players’ availability in his press conference later this week.

In transfer news, Toni Kroos has dismissed rumours he will join United this summer from the Bundesliga champions. "I belong to Bayern Munich," insisted the German international.

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