Manchester United pre-game latest: Team news ahead of Bayern Munich clash

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Manchester United take on Bayern Munich tonight at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of their Champions League quarterfinal tie.

Striker Wayne Rooney is expected to feature this evening after training this week.

Wayne Rooney insists the Red Devils can progress past the European champions tonight and declared himself ready for the challenge against one of the competition’s favourites.

“We believe we can go through, we believe we have good enough players,” said the England No.10 in yesterday’s press conference in Munich.

“It will be tough because, for me, Bayern and Barcelona are probably the two best teams in the competition. So we have to be at our best and we have to be focused and prepare well. We are ready. It is an exciting game for us and for the fans. It’s a massive game to be involved in.”

Rooney may have to face an injection in his foot in order to play tonight after only just recovering from a toe injury that threatened to rule him out of the clash. Rooney is expected to start but David Moyes stated he would not take risks with the England international who is ‘determined’ to play.

"We take advice from our doctors. Everybody knows the character Wayne is and the kind of player he is. He is determined to play and if he is determined we would be mad not to [play him]," said the boss.

In early team news, Juan Mata is cup-tied and ineligible for selection, Robin van Persie remains injured, whilst Jonny Evans will not feature due to a calf problem and subsequently did not travel with the squad along with Rafael and Marouane Fellaini who also missed training this week. Patrice Evra has served his suspension and could be fit to start ahead of Alex Buttner. Ryan Giggs could also feature.

The predicted starting XI is:

De Gea – Vidic – Smalling – Evra – Jones – Fletcher – Carrick - Valencia – Welbeck – Rooney – Hernandez

Manchester United players paid their respects to the victims of the Munich air disaster in 1958. The squad visited the memorial site, lead by United legend Sir Bobby Charlton who survived the crash that claimed the lives of 23 people.

In other news, The Daily Mirror have been banned from reporting from the Allianz Arena for a headline following the first leg at Old Trafford that the Bavarian’s took offense to reading ‘You Dirty Schwein’, in relation to the sending off in the game of Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

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