Manchester United manager David Moyes has attempted to unsettle his German rivals ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail writes that Scotsman Moyes has questioned Bayern Munich's record against English opposition and speculated as to whether it will have a psychological effect on the Bavarian club.
Ladyman quotes Moyes as saying:
I think it would be something which is more in Bayern’s mind that the English teams have come here and got a good record.
They will have that doubt in their mind. They are European champions but they will have the games they have played against English teams in mind. We will try to use it to our advantage.
United enter the match level on aggregate after their strong performance against the current holders netted them a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
The Bundesliga champions are still very much the favourites to progress to the semi-finals against a consistently failing United.
However, as Ladyman reports, Bayern have failed to win against English opposition in their own stadium since losing the Champions League final at home to Chelsea.
Moyes also confirmed that Wayne Rooney should be ready to play against Bayern with the aid of an injection, per Ladyman.
Munich have waltzed their way to another German league title in recent weeks but finally lost their first match of the season in the Bundesliga, losing 1-0 away to Augsburg, per Squawka.
This could be viewed as a blip from a club side who have been imperious all season long, or it could indicate that apathy and relaxation have seeped into Bayern's fabric in recent weeks.
They did not look as potent as usual at Old Trafford, only being able to hit the target on three occasions during the first leg, per Squawka.
Moyes will be sifting through the Sir Alex Ferguson book of mind games and will be looking for any kind of advantage he can cultivate.
Ladyman has laid the responsibility of a United win in Germany at the feet of Rooney, saying the player's opportunity to spearhead United's attack could be all the motivation the Liverpudlian needs to perform:
Rooney has long since suffered for his selflessness and versatility. Sir Alex Ferguson admitted on many occasions that he owed Rooney more games as a number nine, but rarely did they arrive. After Ronaldo came Dimitar Berbatrov and then Van Persie. Rooney, as always, filled in around the edges without too much complaint.
Tonight, though, that changes. With Van Persie injured, Rooney will play the very top of United’s formation. He will be in pole position to write his name all over this game and all over this year’s competition
Man against man, United do not have much of a hope. However, if they can block the channels from midfield as successfully as they did last week at home, they have a puncher's chance of a knockout.
Munich will feel confident knowing that any kind of victory, or even a 0-0 draw, will see them through to the latter stages of the competition, and they will feel no fear against this specific United side.
However, with Shinji Kagawa coming into form, the Japanese international may finally arrive in a Manchester United shirt and defeat his old Borussia Dortmund rivals as he once did when he treaded the boards as the Bundesliga's most dangerous trequartista.