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Schweinsteiger: Old Trafford is special

MANCHESTER -- Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes there will be no excuse for failure if Manchester United do not finish in the top four.

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United host Bayern in the Champions League on Tuesday and while David Moyes’ side are underdogs, Schweinsteiger feels they could be one of the favourites to lift the trophy if they beat the holders.

But they are only seventh in the Premier League, 10 points behind fourth-place Arsenal, and are unlikely to play in next season’s Champions League.

Schweinsteiger added: “Naturally, Manchester United should be one of the top four teams in England all the time, but I am sure they will give everything [on Tuesday]. They are playing the title holders and if they go through to the semifinals they will be one of favourites.”

Schweinsteiger said he has unfinished business at Old Trafford after losing 3-2 to United in 2010, even though Bayern still won that quarterfinal on the away goals rule after a 4-4 aggregate tie.

Bayern have won in England at Wembley, the Etihad Stadium and the Emirates Stadium in the past 12 months.

And Schweinsteiger said: “Here at Manchester United we lost so I would like to play well at Old Trafford. Old Trafford is special for anyone playing there.”


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