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Bayern Munich Team News

Man Utd: Van der Sar, Neville, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Fletcher, Carrick, Scholes, Nani, Park, Rooney.

Subs: Kuszczak, Berbatov, Giggs, Rafael Da Silva, Jonathan Evans, Valencia, Gibson.

Bayern Munich: Butt, Lahm, Van Buyten, Demichelis, Badstuber, Altintop, Van Bommel, Pranjic, Ribery, Muller, Olic.
Subs: Rensing, Gorlitz, Klose, Contento, Alaba, Gomez, Tymoschuk.


   Robben doesn't even make the bench, and Schweinsteiger is also misses out through suspension for the hosts. Our lineup is close to what I expected, but Valencia drops out and is replaced by Paul Scholes. We'll have a stronger midfield now but I would liked to have tested  the left-back Badstuber--who doesn't have anywhere near the pace to stick with Valencia. Park will have an important job to play on the right and behind Rooney, and Fletcher may end up pulling out towards the wing at times to cover for him.

I just realized that in the Bolton wrap-up I didn't even mention Jack Wilshere. He was excellent and I'm surprised he couldn't get a game at Arsenal, surely Rosicky isn't much better than the 18 year old. About half an hour till kickoff now.

EDIT: just checked the BBC live text and picked up a few interesting tidbits, Demichelis will be wearing this mask, and that Norwich are the only English team to ever win in Munich. So that's what those scarves are for...