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The 4-1 win over Aston Villa should have either been a chance for Manchester United manager David Moyes to rest his players for the Bayern Munich fixture or do a dress rehearsal for the Bayern game—neither was accomplished.
Juan Mata is cup-tied and the one chance to give Shinji Kagawa the opportunity to start in his "Borussia Dortmund" role against Villa was gone.
Kagawa reprised his "I start on the left wing but I play centrally" role against Villa.
No Robin van Persie (injury), no Mata (ineligible) vs. Bayern should have equalled Kagawa playing behind Wayne Rooney against Villa, which would have given Kagawa one game he could analyse before he went into the match against Bayern in the same role.
This is assuming Kagawa starts.
"He [Kagawa] is in our thoughts for tomorrow," Moyes said, per the Telegraph. "It's something we seriously consider."
Is Moyes keeping his cards close to his chest or does he genuinely believe there is another option to Kagawa starting centrally?
Moyes is so scatter-gun with his approach to Kagawa (and Mata for that matter) that you cannot really tell.
Biggest Hope: Rooney
When Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer played for Schalke, he let in two unbelievably long-range goals from Georgios Tzavellas and Dejan Stankovic.
It is not inconceivable for Bayern to pass the ball aimlessly for the large majority of the game, while United sit back and then out of nowhere, Rooney takes a pot-shot and catches Neuer off guard.
West Ham United keeper Adrian will attest to the perils of not staying on your line against United.
Biggest Concern: Alexander Buttner
What made Buttner great at Vitesse were his long surging runs not his defensive stoutness.
He is an inconsistent marker and his defensive positional awareness is questionable at best.
Starting left-back Patrice Evra is suspended, per James Tuck at Manchester United's official website.
Buttner vs. Arjen Robben is a highly advantageous matchup for Bayern, a team that should be attacking United's left flank on all occasions.
X-Factor: Adnan Januzaj
United management are worried about Januzaj burning out hence why he has been given irregular minutes in recent times.
"We have seen signs in training that we have to be careful what we do with him," Moyes said, per Sky Sports. "But we are just being careful with him."
If Januzaj does not start against Bayern, he should be given an extensive cameo appearance, at least 20-30 minutes in both fixtures, because he can unlock an opposing back line with one world-class pass.