The Red Devils secured their first victory at Old Trafford in three attempts as the Premier League holders came from behind to beat Aston Villa 4-1 on Saturday.
It’s a knockout competition and anything can happen, so we’ve got to go all out for it
David De Gea
Pep Guardiola’s Bayern side were crowned Bundesliga champions last week with six games to spare and are clear favourites to progress to the last four.
However, De Gea urged his United team-mates to raise their performance level for the clash against the German side on Tuesday night.
“It’s been quite a tough period for us and we were down after defeats to Liverpool and City,” De Gea told United’s website.
“But we are United and we must lift ourselves and fight because we’ve got a very big game tonight. It’s a knockout competition and anything can happen, so we’ve got to go all out for it.”
• Bayern came out on top when the sides met at this same stage of the 2009/10 competition. In the first leg, Louis van Gaal’s men came from behind to win 2-1 after Franck Ribéry (77) and Ivica Olić (90+2) overturned a first-minute goal by Wayne Rooney.
• United raced into a 3-0 lead in the second leg – Darron Gibson (4) and Nani (7, 41) scoring – but were edged out on away goals after Olić (43) and Arjen Robben (74) hit back for Bayern. The home side played the last 40 minutes with ten men after Rafael’s red card.
• Five-time winners Bayern are looking for a third successive Uefa Champions League semi-final appearance while United, European champions three times, were last in the semi-finals in 2011.
• United have won all four home fixtures in this season’s competition – their best sequence since their triumphant 2007/08 campaign when they won six out of six.
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