Manchester United 1 Bayern Munich 1 – Vidic helps Red Devils to a draw
A spirited United performance saw Nemanja Vidic head them in front before Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised and was then sent off
April 1st, 2014
Few gave Manchester United much of a chance against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night and the opening exchanges suggested that the visitors were going to coast to an easy victory.
However, David Moyes’ team grew in stature as the game wore on, keeping the scoreline goalless until half-time and actually having the best chance to score before the interval, with Danny Welbeck bursting towards goal only for Manuel Neuer to foil his attempted lob over the goalkeeper.
While the first half was largely one-sided in favour of the European champions, Manchester United grew in confidence after the break, with Shinji Kagawa looking dangerous as he replaced Ryan Giggs, while Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick saw plenty of the ball.
United took the lead in the 58th minute when Nemanja Vidic found plenty of space in the penalty area and the Serbian managed to nod the ball into the far corner, with Bayern’s defending from set pieces looking suspect.
However, the home side were to be in front for less than ten minutes, with substitute Mario Mandzukic making an immediate impact by nodding the ball down into the path of Bastian Schweinsteiger who rifled the ball home from the edge of the area.
Arjen Robben then missed a chance to put the visitors in front, while Antonio Valencia narrowly avoided a red card for diving towards Jerome Boateng although it was Bayern who would finish the game with ten men.
Schweinsteiger was already on a yellow card when tripping Rooney in the dying moments of the game, with United now needing to score and potentially win at the Allianz Arena to go through.