Bayern Munich were held 1-1 by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday, and in the aftermath, Pep Guardiola has hailed David Moyes’ side as “one of the best teams in the world”.
Reigning European champions Bayern went into the tie as overwhelming favourites, yet they had to settle for a draw as United stood up strong.
Nemanja Vidic opened the scoring just before the hour mark at Old Trafford but Bastian Schweinsteiger volleyed home soon after to secure the visitors a precious away goal, though the midfielder was subsequently sent off, thus ruling him out of next week’s second leg in Bavaria.
Post match, David Moyes said that he was happy with the performance, but disappointed with the result, while Bayern coach Guardiola said that he was satisfied with a draw against one of the world’s best,.
“Congratulations to my team, I am quite satisfied. Manchester United have one of the best teams in the world, which shouldn’t be forgotten,” Guardiola said in his post-macth interview,
“We scored an away goal which is quite important, but we also got lucky that the efforts from Welbeck and [Wayne] Rooney didn’t go in.”
“The goal we conceded was difficult to defend. It’s never easy to play against a team which defends so deeply. We will see if we can find some solutions for the match in Munich.”
The former Barcelona boss also said that the tie is not yet over, with the scoreline keeping everything finely balance going into the second leg,
“It’s always dangerous when you go into the second leg with a 1-1 draw, but even a 2-1 victory would have been dangerous for us. We will try to win the second leg and I am sure we can do it. I have full confidence in my players and hope the fans in Munich will push us like the United supporters did for their team today.”
Pep Guardiola has helped guide Bayern to a second consecutive Bundesliga title already this season, and still has the DFB-Pokal and Champions League still in his sights.
Manchester United will have to score when they travel to the Allianz Arena for the return leg next Wednesday to stay in the hunt for a semi-final berth.