Manchester United recieve psychological boost ahead of Bayern match…sort of

Bayern Munich are beatable, but will that fact help Manchester United given that many of the players they will face did not play at the weekend?

They thought it would never happen. Well, maybe not never, but certainly not against an Augsburg side who were mid-table in the Bundesliga and had a goal-difference of minus three at the time of kick-off.

To put that into context, their opponents Bayern Munich had a goal-difference of plus 66.

But despite not tasting league defeat since October 2012, the reigning European champions fell to a Sascha Molders goal on the half-hour mark, and that was to be all she wrote for this particular encounter.

With Manchester United soon to travel to Germany to face Pep Guardiola’s side in the second-leg of their Champions League quarter-final, David Moyes and his players may have had a wry smile at Europe’s shock result of the weekend. But they should not get too excited.

Yes, Bayern may have lost for the first time in 53 Bundesliga match, but it was not the Bayern United will face on Wednesday.

Guardiola rested a number of first-team regulars, with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez seemingly playing because they are suspended for the second-leg.

There was no Dante, Rafinha, Jerome Boateng, Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller or David Alaba in the starting line-up, with the latter three only appearing from the bench, while Philipp Lahm was not in the squad.

In fact of the players who started on Saturday, only two (Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos) are likely to kick off against United.

So yes, Bayern can be defeated. They are also suffering something of a dip having not won any of their last three matches. But United fans must temper their excitement. The side Moyes will come up against will be considerably different…if still – with plenty of hard work and a fair amount of luck – beatable.

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