Manchester United manager David Moyes believes his side have given themselves ‘a great opportunity’ to oust Bayern Munich from the Champions League after a vastly improved performance from his side in the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
United went into the first leg of their quarterfinal tie against the reigning European champions as huge underdogs after a troubled first season in charge for Moyes, but they were worthy of the draw after taking a second half lead through a Nemanja Vidic header.
The outcome could have been even more glorious for Moyes and his team if they could have averted Bastian Schweinsteiger’s equaliser, but the United boss insisted he was confident of springing another surprise and securing a victory at the Allianz Arena next week.
“We said we wanted to go into the next leg with a real chance and I think we have done that,” he told ITV Sport. “We have given ourselves an opportunity to go to Munich and get a victory.
“We know that we have got to score a goal out there. If the score stays the same, Bayern go through. We have to do something about it. The players played really well tonight, so we are delighted with the performance.
"It was a bit disappointing that we conceded a goal in the end. I thought it was a really good performance, really gutsy. We are delighted with how the players played. I thought there was a real determination to make sure that we did well. It’s a competition we have a really good history in and I thought the players went out realising we were playing a really good team.”
United skipper Vidic was deflated by Schweinsteiger’s leveller, but he was equally convinced his side could engineer a triumph in the second leg.
“They will have a lot of the possession at their ground, but we have to keep our shape, stick together and with the players we have up front, I think we can hurt them,” stated Vidic.
“It was a tough game. We had a good result at 1-0, we felt we were in good positions, we were solid, but one mistake, they punished us and they showed what a good team they are.
"They had a lot of possession tonight and we accepted that most of the game would be in our own half, but we tried to go on the counter attack and we did that.”