Pep Guardiola: Man United one of the best teams in the world

Pep Guardiola says Manchester United are one of the best teams in the world ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola Photo: The Sport Review

Pep Guardiola has warned his Bayern Munich side that they are set to come up against one of the best teams in the world in the form of Manchester United on Wednesday.

The Red Devils travel to the German capital for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash after last week’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

They are one of the best teams in the world, but our away goal is very important

Pep Guardiola

And Guardiola has warned his side that David Moyes’ men will be a serious threat to the Bundesliga side’s hopes of retaining their Champions League crown.

“It’s a final, a life or death match,” said Guardiola.

“United will be looking to hit us on the break and at set plays and we have to be aware of that.

“They are one of the best teams in the world, but our away goal is very important even though 1-1 can be very dangerous.”

Meanwhile, Jerome Boateng agreed with Guardiola by saying that the United game feels like a final.

“I’ve got a few butterflies in my stomach,” Boateng said.

“It’s like a final and we’ve got to play to win because we will end up losing if we play for a goalless draw.

“We’ve got be aggressive going forward from the start and try to score. United will sit back again, but they’ll take more risks the longer the game goes on. We know what we’re capable of, and we also know we’ll need a very good performance if we’re to go through.”

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.

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