Moyes ready for Bayern test

  • Last Updated: March 31 2014, 15:02 BST

Manchester United manager David Moyes is confident his team will be able to cope with Bayern Munich in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford.

David Moyes: Manchester United manager expects a big performance against Bayern Munich
David Moyes: Manchester United manager expects a big performance against Bayern Munich

United beat Aston Villa 4-1 at home on Saturday, but their previous two Premier League matches at Old Trafford saw them lose 3-0 to both Liverpool and Manchester City.

That has led to runaway German champions and reigning European champions Bayern being installed as 4/9 shots to win the game by Sky Bet with United quoted at 11/2 to triumph on their own turf.

However, Moyes is expecting a big performance from his side and he believes they are capable of producing a shock result.

He said: "We are going into the game knowing that on our day we are as good a side as any.

"We have to show it more often than we have done but I have great belief in the players. I have said that from day one and it hasn't changed.

"I get the feeling they (the players) all want to play. I can tell by their training and their attitude that they are saying 'this is a big game' and they all want to play in the big games. That's what I think that over the years the players here have wanted to do."

Right-back Rafael is a doubt for the game with a thigh strain, while left-back Patrice Evra is suspended and his deputy Alex Buttner ended Saturday's game against Villa with a tight hamstring.

The Dutchman did take part in an open training session on Monday, though, along with centre-backs Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans who did not feature at the weekend.

Moyes added: "We have defensive issues undoubtedly. I won't be giving out my team today but, as everybody is aware, we will have to make one or two changes."


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