Bay­ern are favourites but United aren’t un­der­dogs -Giggs

Daily Trust - - SPORT - Ryan Giggs

Hold­ers Bay­ern Mu­nich are the favourites but Manch­ester United do not con­sider them­selves to be un­der­dogs for the first leg of their Cham­pi­ons League quar­ter-fi­nal at Old Traf­ford to­day, ac­cord­ing to Ryan Giggs.

The clash of two of Europe’s big­gest clubs will for­ever re­vive mem­o­ries of their epic 1999 Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal in Barcelona when United scored twice in stop­page time to beat the Ger­man side 2-1.

Bay­ern won on their last trip to Manch­ester when they beat City 3-1 in a group match in Oc­to­ber and a re­peat of that score­line would al­most cer­tainly set up Pep Guardi­ola’s team to reach the last four.

But Giggs, who played in the fi­nal 15 years ago, re­mains con­fi­dent of a United suc­cess against op­po­nents who wrapped up the Bun­desliga ti­tle last week.

“Ob­vi­ously Bay­ern are a fan­tas­tic team,” said Giggs, who will move to within one of Raul’s record to­tal of 142 Cham­pi­ons League ap­pear­ance if he plays to­day.

Now player-coach at Old Traf­ford, the 40-year-old Welsh­man told re­porters: “They’re the hold­ers and Pep Guardi­ola’s taken over and added a few new play­ers and they’re a very strong team.

“They’re ob­vi­ously favourites in most people’s eyes but we’re Manch­ester United at Old Traf­ford and we’ve seen so many good nights there, in Europe es­pe­cially.

“So as play­ers we don’t see our­selves as un­der­dogs, we see our­selves as Manch­ester United play­ing at home in the Cham­pi­ons League.”

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