United vice-captain and left-back Patrice Evra won’t be eligible to play in the first left since he is suspended and his stand-in Alexander Buttner is also uncertain for the game with a hamstring injury.

Clouds are also hovering above Brazilian right-back Rafael’s availability for the game.

Red Devils’ central defence trio of Rio Ferdinand, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling had lately recuperated from injuries.

Meanwhile, the only reprieve for United is that Bayern Munich midfield Thiago Alcantara, who was linked with United last season before choosing the Bavarian outfit over them, is also out of the first leg due to a knee injury.

It seems like a herculean task for United to proceed into the semifinals of Europe’s elite competition, especially considering their woeful form this season. However, if they play to their potential they can certainly shock Bayern Munich, who recently won their 24th German Bundesliga title with record seven games to spare.

United’s inspirational striker Robin Van Persia is already sidelined with an injury and cup-tied Juan Mata won’t be available for selection against the German giants.

United’s 4-1 win against Aston Villa in Premier League on Saturday would certainly boost the morale in the dressing room but whether they would be ready to up the ante at the Theatre of Dreams on Tuesday against one of the most feared teams in Europe is something to be watched out for.


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