David Moyes ready for ‘hardest task’ of Man United reign
David Moyes says Manchester United's clash with Bayern Munich will be the "hardest task" of his reign so far
David Moyes insists that he is relishing the prospect of guiding Manchester United into the Champions League semi-finals ahead Wednesday’s clash at Bayern Munich.
The Red Devils head into the quarter-final second leg at the Allianz Arena after last week’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford left them with hope of becoming the second English team to reach the last four following Chelsea’s triumph over PSG on Tuesday.
It’s the hardest task because of the level of the competition
But Moyes, who revealed that striker Wayne Rooney is set to take a painkilling injection to be able to play in the game, acknowledges that this will be the biggest test of his United reign so far.
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Moyes.
“Second leg, quarter-final of the Champions League with the opportunity to reach the semi-finals… It’s a massive game, one all the players are looking forward to. We’ll do everything we can to reach the semis.
“It’s the hardest task because of the level of the competition, the level of the opposition and the stage of the competition. Of course it’s the hardest game.
“There are a lot of top players on show from both sides. But I’ll do everything I possibly can to help the players get a result on the night.”
Bayern Munich v Man United: Pre-match facts
• Bayern have drawn the first leg in Europe 1-1 away 11 times, winning every tie.
• Bayern had been 33 games unbeaten away from home in the Bundesliga (W29 D4), breaking their German top-flight record set between December 1985 and August 1987.
• David Moyes is the first manager to take charge of United in Europe other than Sir Alex Ferguson since Ron Atkinson guided them to the Uefa Cup quarter-finals in 1984-85.
• Patrice Evra is available after a one-match ban in the first leg. Rio Ferdinand is a booking away from a suspension.