Manchester United ex-hero believes 'away goal gives Bayern the edge'

Van Nistelrooy

Ruud Van Nistelrooy does not see his former team coming through the Champions League second leg against Bayern Munich smiling.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy has held a question and answer session today - answering questions from who is idols are to how to be a lethal finisher.

He, along with Arsenal legend Robert Pires, is currently on the Heineken Uefa Champions League Trophy Tour and was speaking from their event in Vietnam via the Champions League Facebook account.

Of course Van Nistelrooy knows a thing or two about performing to a high level for United in Europe.

The Dutchman scored 38 goals in 47 games for United in European competitions - a record which helps him to fourth in the all-time goalscoring list in the competition.

But RVN was sought out for his opinion on the current United side’s chances.

They drew their first leg against Bayern Munich, a team Van Nistelrooy faced while a Hamburg SV player, and take a 1-1 result back to Munich in an attempt to make it into a shock Champions League semi-final.

But Van Nistelrooy may be a former United man, but he is not giving them much hope of pulling off the seemingly impossible:

“I think the away goal gives Bayern the edge. At home they are very strong. I hope United make it but Bayern's current form compared to United's current form means I think the German side will go through.”

It would take a brave and loyal United fan to disagree with their former goal-machine so it is hard to be too harsh on his opinion.

Plus he went on to mention how much he enjoyed his time at Old Trafford:

“Two very different times in my life. United was first time I signed for a massive club. At 30, I moved to Madrid which was when I started a family. Two great periods but different.”

He still has affinity for United - but he is a realist, and Bayern are certainly still the favourites to advance against United.

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