Bad news Manchester United - Bayern rest SIX first-team players in shock defeat

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Big names such as Arjen Robben, Frank Ribery and Philpp Lahm were not needed as Bayern lost to FC Augsburg.

Do not fear we have not entered a parallel universe - as much as it might just feel that way after looking at the respective Bayern Munich and Manchester United results this afternoon.

As United were tearing apart Newcastle United away from home - eventually winning the game 4-0 to consolidate their position as the best team on their travels in the Premier League - the unbeatable Bayern Munich were beaten.

They lost 1-0 to FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga - their first defeat in 53 games and the first time they have failed to score since that 2-0 defeat to Arsenal in last season’s Champions League.

United will therefore surely go into the Champions League second leg against Bayern with quiet optimism of pulling off a shock.

And that is when I would reel in the excitement and give you all the bad news.

Bayern Munich rested an abundance of first-teamers for the game - some for all of it, some for most.

The likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Philipp Lahm were all told to stay at home while David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Rafinha, Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze were all on the bench for the tie.

Rafinha, Boateng and Dante did not even enter the fray so all in all Pep Guardiola managed to rest SIX regular first-teamers for the game. He played the likes of youngsters Ylli Sallahi, Mitchell Weiser and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg all started as did regular fringe players Daniel van Buyten, Claudio Pizarro and Xherdan Shaqiri.

Guardiola has the pleasure of enjoying a title winning domestic season being sewn up already - and his success at home has now helped him prepare for potential success on the continent.

So while the results give United hope - the finer details suggest a fresh Bayern side will be looking to kill off the Red Devils on Wednesday.

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