Manchester United have received a boost ahead of their Champions League quarter-final encounter against Bayern Munich, with the news that both Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand have travelled to Germany for the first leg.
The pair missed Saturday’s 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers due to injury, with top-scorer Rooney suffering from a foot problem while defender Ferdinand struggling with a groin problem.
But they both travelled with the squad on Monday and should start at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of the quarter-final tie on Tuesday night.
Bayern, meanwhile, are awaiting news of a calf injury suffered by injury-prone Dutch winger, Arjen Robben
Tuesday’s tie will naturally evoke memories of 1999 when United defeated Bayern in such dramatic circumstances in the Champions League final in Barcelona. Injury-time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured a 2-1 win which veteran Ryan Giggs has named as one of the highlights of his career.
“I can’t believe it’s 11 years ago,” said Giggs. “It was one of the greatest nights of my life and for many fans too, this will bring back a lot of happy memories.
“We will settle for the same score as in 1999 too, but hopefully not leaving it as late as we did then.”