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Man United not underdogs against Bayern in CL clash: Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs refuses to accept his team are the underdogs in tonight's Champions League clash against Bayern

Ryan Giggs insists Manchester United do not consider themselves underdogs for tonight's Champions League quarter-final showdown with European champions Bayern Munich.

Ryan Giggs (inset) and Players of Manchester United take part in a training session at their Carrington training complex in Manchester, yesterday. Pic/AFP
Ryan Giggs (inset) and Players of Manchester United take part in a training session at their Carrington training complex in Manchester, yesterday. Pic/AFP 

Pep Guardiola's trophy holders meet United at Old Trafford in a match which sees the 1999 finalists go head-to-head once again.

Giggs played in the famous 2-1 triumph in Barcelona 15 years ago and, although Bayern now look to be favourites to progress having won the Bundesliga at a canter while United flounder in the Premier League, he remains confident.

"Obviously Bayern are a fantastic team," the Welsh winger told a press conference. "They're the holders and Pep Guardiola's taken over and added a few new players and they're a very strong team.

"They're obviously favourites in most people's eyes but we're Manchester United at Old Trafford and we've seen so many good nights there, in Europe especially.

"So as players we don't see ourselves as underdogs, we see ourselves as Manchester United playing at home in the Champions League.

Itching to get going
"We can't wait. These are the games that you want to be involved in as a player.

"We'll go out there and, yes it's going to be tough, but we're confident." United boss David Moyes echoed Giggs' optimistic comments and revealed he has been impressed with his players' attitude in training ahead of such a high-profile game.

"We know that on our day we're as good a side as any but we have to show it more often," the Scot said. "I've got great belief in the players and I've said that from day one - that hasn't changed.

"I get the feeling the players all want to play, I can tell that from their attitude in training. "They all want to play in the big games, that's what the players here have wanted to do over the years."

Moyes has injury problems in his backline with full-backs Rafael and Alexander Buttner now doubtful to feature while Rio Ferdinand, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans work their way back to full fitness.

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