Manchester United needs to be 'realistic' about beating Bayern, says Neville

The former Red Devils captain says the club should be "hopeful rather than confident" as they prepare to take on Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Bundesliga champions

Manchester United needs to be "realistic" about beating Bayern Munich over two legs, according to former captain Gary Neville.

The Premier League champions take on the Bundesliga winners and Champions League holders in the first leg of their quarterfinal tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday, with the Germans the clear favorites to progress.


Pep Guardiola's side has only lost once in all competitions this season, to Manchester City in December, and it arrives in England a week after securing its 24th domestic title.

Neville admits that facing Bayern will not be easy for an inconsistent United side, which has struggled this season under new boss David Moyes, and he has warned the fans not to expect too much.

"I'd say, going into this game, we're hopeful rather than confident," the former right back said in United's matchday program.

"That's just being realistic - Bayern are at the absolute top of their game.

"You're talking about a team at the absolute peak of its powers, while Manchester United is in transition.

"There's no avoiding the fact that this is the toughest draw United could have faced."

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