Manchester United vs. Bayern play-by-play
Not that Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced; he clearly fancies Rooney to net the away goal that would take some nerves out of the return encounter at Old Trafford. "He's had an unbelievable season," he said -- and the United boss is also smiling about having Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand back in the center of his back line: "Strong in the back and strong as a team, and we look very strong now."
Seems confident enough to me -- follow the game here live from 2:30 p.m. ET.
So, here we are then. Manchester United are in Munich to take on Bayern for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. Well, tonight they're just after an away goal and as much of a lead as they can manage to take back to Old Trafford. But after that comes the semifinals, against either Lyon or Bordeaux, who also meet today.
The team sheets are in, so I can tell you that the home side has gone for a solid looking 4-4-2 missing the injured Arjen Robben. Sir Alex, meanwhile, has opted to pack the midfield behind a solitary Wayne Rooney:
It's all eyes on the Allianz Arena later today, where Manchester United take on Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal. Ahead of the match, Bayern coach Louis van Gaal has, understandably, focused on the threat that Wayne Rooney poses, but insists his side is fearless, and has the quality to keep him quiet.
Substitutions: Valencia on for Carrick, Berbatov on for Park.
Substitution: Mueller off, the expensive Gomez on.
ps. Precision fans should know it was actually Rooney's studs, I've checked. (see last update.)