Manchester United will be without Marouane Fellaini, Jonny Evans and Rafael for the second leg of their Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.
Some key players will be available once again for David Moyes ahead of this game, although he still has to contain with few injury concerns. The big news for Manchester United is the possible return of Wayne Rooney, who missed their clash against Newcastle United at the weekend with a bruised toe. He was declared doubtful for the second leg clash against Bayern Munich, but the England international seemed to have recovered in time and has returned to training ahead of this fixture.
Moyes has stated that Rooney is determined to start in this match and is even willing to take injection for it.
“Wayne was able to train and he is massively keen to play. He’s not trained all week so we have to be wary of that. We’ll do everything we possibly can. He’s happy to take an injection to play in the game, which shows you his feeling about the game and about the club.
“We think it’s okay. We wouldn’t do anything medically wrong. We’ve taken advice from the doctors and the people who advise us. Everybody knows the type of character Wayne is and he is determined to play. If he is determined we would be mad not to give him that opportunity.” – The Manchester United manager said.
Patrice Evra also returns for David Moyes after serving his suspension and he is expected to start as well. Juan Mata remains ineligible for Champions League matches after participating for Chelsea earlier in the season. There are some doubts about the fitness of Ashley Young ahead of this fixture and he is unlikely to start. Jonny Evans is still two weeks away from returning to first team action, while Robin van Persie continues his stint at the side-lines. Evans has missed the trip along with Rafael, who is also struggling with his fitness.
Marouane Fellaini has also missed the trip to Munich and he could prove to be a big miss in this game. But Ryan Giggs, who was initially doubtful for this game, has seemed to regain match fitness and has travelled with the squad.
Having conceded an away goal at Old Trafford, Manchester United will have to be more adventurous in this game. They will look to keep it tight in the first half of the game and then sneak in a goal in the second half.
David Moyes made a lot of changes to his starting line-up against Newcastle United and he is expected to make as many as six changes to the side he used in that game. David De Gea will return in goal in place of Anders Lindegaard, while Rio Ferdinand and Nemaja Vidic resume their partnership at the center of the defence. Phil Jones, who partnered Chris Smalling against Newcastle as a center back, will move out wide to start as a right back in the absence of Rafael. Alexander Buttner, who produced a good performance in the first leg while containing Arjen Robben, will drop back to the bench as Evra returns from suspension.
In the midfield Darren Fletcher will make way for Michael Carrick in the center of the midfield – alongside Ryan Giggs, who replaces Marouane Fellaini. Danny Welbeck will return to the attack as well as he replaces Juan Mata in the side. Shinji Kagawa, who produced a good performance against Newcastle United, will move to a central role in the absence of Mata, while Antonio Valencia, who started as a right back in the last game, will move up to right wing. Wayne Rooney will lead the attack, much to the relief of David Moyes.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): De Gea (GK); Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Carrick, Giggs; Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck; Rooney