"Maybe United - just maybe… probably not, but for the first time this season the United faithful have something to believe in," blogged Richard Keys on his official website recently.
Keys has long backed United, claiming that a strong Red Devils team is good for the Premier League and that a successful David Moyes is good for British coaching. Division chief Richard Scudamore recently indirectly backed Keys' opinion by stating that United's demise this season has impacted international viewing figures and the Premier League's ability to efficiently promote their product in existing markets.
"I gave my son odds of 50-1 on twenty quid before the last round that they wouldn't win the Champions League so you can see I'm a little more nervous now than before!" The broadcast anchor said following United's spirited 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals earlier this week, before enforcing his belief that: "[In] truth; they won't… but they might just surprise Munich in the second leg."
Nemanja Vidic opened United's account against the reigning champions of Europe at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening, eight minutes prior to a Bastian Schweinsteiger equaliser, however, the mighty midfielder eventually was dismissed, preventing his participation in the return leg in Munich on Wednesday, April 9.
Bayern, though, will look to preserve and defend what could be a vital away goal next week.