By Avi Creditor
April 09, 2014

Patrice Evra Patrice Evra had given Manchester United a shock lead over Bayern Munich before the German side struck back. (Press Association/AP)

Manchester United (this version, anyway) was not supposed to even be on the same playing field as Bayern Munich, let alone ever provide a serious threat to the defending European and reigning Bundesliga champions in the Champions League quarterfinals.

But there were the Red Devils, leading in Germany and putting Bayern Munich on the back of its golden heels. And it was the much-maligned Patrice Evra, of all people, momentarily playing the role of hero. Evra's rocket off a bouncing loose ball from outside the box gave Manchester United a brief 2-1 aggregate lead over Bayern and sent shockwaves throughout the Allianz Arena.

The lead was short-lived, and Evra's day unraveled almost immediately after, as he was on the wrong end of the highlight reel for Bayern Munich's ensuing three goals -- including Mario Mandzukic's equalizer less than two minutes after his stunner -- that ensured there would be no upset on the day.

His goal, though, is worth another watch. Take a look below:

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