Rooney-less Man United run into Bayern Munich

Bordeaux face tough challenge from French rivals Lyon

Rooney-less Man United run into Bayern Munich

Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United during a practice session in Manchester on Tuesday. Reuters

"We have made good progress with the lad. The medical team have been fantastic but I'm not prepared to take a risk if the player isn't 100 percent fit," Ferguson told a news conference on Tuesday.

"We're looking at the Manchester City game (on April 17) and maybe Blackburn (on Sunday) as a substitute."

Reports in the British media on Monday had suggested the injured England player could make a surprise return at Old Trafford after suffering ankle ligament damage in Munich.
He was in top form before the injury, scoring 34 times in all competitions including the opening goal in United's 2-1 first-leg defeat by Bayern.

Bayern Munich's Dutch winger Arjen Robben, meanwhile, has declared himself ready to play.

Since that second minute in the Allianz Arena last week when Rooney stabbed the ball high into the roof of the Bayern net, the wheels have come loose on the United bandwagon.

Consecutive 1-2 defeats have left their Champions League hopes and a fourth consecutive Premier League title in the balance and order must be restored quickly at home to Bayern on Wednesday if United's season is not to suffer a terminal crash.
Their next highest scorer is Dimitar Berbatov with 12, followed by the injured Michael Owen who has just nine while the ageing Paul Scholes, such a reliable scorer of important goals down the years, has managed only six.

Bayern are full of confidence after taking the top spot in the Bundesliga on Saturday. The German club, bidding for a fifth European Cup, have never lost against United at Old Trafford and their display in the first leg, when they largely dominated after a poor start, suggests they are capable of scoring an away goal.

Two-goal advantage

Pedigree, recent form and a two-goal advantage from the first leg suggest Olympique Lyon will knock out Girondins Bordeaux on Wednesday to advance to the last four.
Lyon, who won 3-1 at home last week after an exciting first leg of the all-French quarterfinal clash, have greater experience of European battles and boosted their morale by winning 2-1 at Stade Rennes on Saturday to go top in Ligue 1.

Bordeaux, by contrast, have just lost three matches in three different competitions, the latest a 1-2 home league defeat by Nancy at the weekend to drop to fourth in Ligue 1, albeit just one point off the top spot.

Once their main strength, their defence has looked shaky and porous in all those outings and there is a clear question mark over their ability to handle the pressure of big matches.

The mood is very different in the Lyon camp, where morale is high after a convincing win at Rennes despite the fact that coach Claude Puel had rested a handful of first-choice players.

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