Will Manchester United Overwhelm Bayern Munich at Old Trafford?

Olatunji Ladi AdejumoContributor IApril 7, 2010

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 14:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on March 14, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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The Red Army will no doubt be out in full force tonight as they do battle with old European rivals Bayern Munich. There is no doubt that Bayern will still remember that fateful night at the Nou Camp when against all odds, Manchester United pulled one over them and were crowned European Champions and Treble Winners.

Will that happen again tonight?

Manchester United is without the services of the human machine, Wayne Rooney. As time has shown, a Manchester United or England team minus Rooney is not quite complete. Tonight, he will be missing due to injury…or will he?

Get this right, Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the craftiest managers the game has ever seen. Mind games are his domain and he will no doubt be keeping his joker close to his chest in this game.

According to him, Rooney has made good progress but will not feature even on the bench except Rooney persuades him to do so! Imagine Rooney forcing Sir Alex to include him in a game! I’m guessing that the wily Scot is playing some of his famous games and we’ll be finding out just how he plays it out. Will Rooney feature? I certainly won’t be shocked!

Let’s take a look at the others; Macheda is assured of a role but then Berbatov bears the burden of providing goals. Slow and languid in his style, he can be annoying to many but hand it to the guy, he scores beautiful goals. Tonight however, it’s not about the beauty of the goal but the goal itself. Two goals of the kind that Macheda bundled past Cech on Saturday will suffice.

Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are major threats to United but with the Red Army shouting themselves hoarse tonight, and fired up after a disappointing weekend, I find it hard not to give the game to Manchester United.