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Manchester United manager David Moyes and Wayne Rooney during a training session ahead of their Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Bayern Munich, 31 March. Reuters

In a season of disappointments, and more disappointments, Manchester United can lift that pall of gloom surrounding Old Trafford if they can vanquish the challenge of the best club team in Europe - Bayern Munich -- when the two European giants meet in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

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The game is scheduled for a 7.45 pm BST (12.15 am IST, 2.45 pm ET) start with live coverage on Ten Action and Ten HD in India, ITV in the UK, Fox Sports in US, ESPN in Australia and Latin America and Sky Sport in Germany.

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The first leg at Old Trafford will set the tone for the rest of the tie, and as Arsenal have found out much to their detriment over the past couple of seasons, a good result at home is paramount if any team are to stand a chance of knocking out Bayern from this competition.

So, David Moyes will need to invoke some of those glorious European nights that United enjoyed time and against under Sir Alex Ferguson.

"We are going into the game knowing that on our day we are as good a side as any," Moyes said. "We have to show it more often than we have done but I have great belief in the players. I have said that from day one and it hasn't changed.

"I get the feeling the players all want to play. I can tell by their training and their attitude that they are saying 'this is a big game' and they all want to play in the big games. That's what I think that over the years the players here have wanted to do.

"We want to make sure we play well. We want to keep improving. There have been little signs recently that we are -- we've had some good results and we need to try to build on that. We are playing against a good side, but it is the sort of night where in recent history United have risen to the occasion."

This season, in the English Premier League, United have rarely risen to the occasion against the big clubs, and the two jarring losses recently at Old Trafford - to Liverpool and Manchester City, two of their biggest rivals - will still be ringing in their ears.

With all due respect to Liverpool and City, who did beat the German side in the group stages, though, Bayern Munich will be a completely different prospect - a ruthless and unrelenting German machine, that just do not know how to lose.

Bayern have already secured the Bundesliga title in record time, and look well on course to complete the domestic season unbeaten. While there have been subtle changes to their pattern of play under new manager Pep Guardiola, one thing has remained the same - results.

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Bayern Munich players after clinching the Bundesliga title, 25 February. Reuters

"We are up against Manchester United and they are one of the most important clubs in the world, regardless of their current situation," Guardiola said. "They still have very good players. There are eight teams in the quarter-finals and every one of the eight coaches, not to mention every player, wants to win this title.

"For me, it is not the most important title of the season, the domestic league is, but it is the most prestigious. We know how important it is for the club, the players, the coach, to compete and try to win this. It is not easy, but Bayern are going to try."

Team news: Manchester United: Moyes has an issue in the fullback positions, with Patrice Evra suspended, and Rafael and Alex Buttner doubts after picking up knocks in the win over Aston Villa on Saturday. Fellow defenders Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are also doubtful, although the trio did take part in training on Monday. January signing Juan Mata is cup-tied and will not be available for selection, while star striker Robin Van Persie, whose hat-trick put United into the quarterfinals, remains on the sidelines.

"We have defensive issues, undoubtedly," Moyes said. "I won't be giving out my team. But as everybody is well aware, we will have to make one or two changes."

Bayern Munich: Guardiola will have to make do without the services of midfielder Thiago Alcantara, a player who was heavily linked with United in the summer, after the former Barcelona man suffered a serious knee injury. Defender Dante will also not feature through suspension.

Key men: Manchester United: There is no better time for Wayne Rooney to justify that fat contract than right now, against the European champions.

Bayern Munich: Anyone, starting from the goalkeeper Manuel Neuer could be pivotal. But, United will be put under pressure from both sides by Bayern via Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, the man who scored a dramatic winner the last time the two teams met in the Champions League.

Expected lineups: Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Buttner; Fellaini, Carrick; Valencia, Kagawa, Welbeck; Rooney.

Bayern Munich: Neuer; Rafinha, Boateng, Martinez, Alaba; Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Kroos; Robben, Mandzukic, Ribery.

Prediction: 2-1 to Bayern Munich