Guardiola Accuses United of Overstating Rooney's Injury - The New Indian Express

Guardiola Accuses United of Overstating Rooney's Injury

Published: 09th April 2014 08:17 AM

Last Updated: 09th April 2014 08:20 AM

Read: 'Rooney is Determined to Play, We Would Be Mad Not to Play Him'

If David Moyes was attempting to mislead Pep Guardiola over his team, however, the Spaniard insisted that Wayne Rooney would play, with Antonio Valencia providing crosses from the right.

"He [Rooney] is going to play," Guardiola said. "One hundred per cent, he is going to play. I bet you a big, big glass of beer. I believe he is going to play, and [Antonio] Valencia too. Rooney is a big player, one of the best players I've seen in my career. I'm sure he's going to play."

Rooney himself has mixed memories of the Allianz Arena, having scored in United's 2-1 quarter-final first-leg defeat against Bayern in March 2010 before sustaining damaged ankle tendons in the closing stages of the game. Rooney returned six days later for the second leg but aggravated the injury in the first half of United's 3-2 win, which meant Bayern progressed on away goals.

However, despite United having never beaten Bayern over two legs, Rooney insisted that the team lying seventh in the Premier League could eliminate Guardiola's team. ]

"We believe we can go through, we believe we have good enough players," Rooney said during a press conference that was cut short to give players time to visit the memorial to the Munich air disaster.

"It will be tough because, for me, Bayern and Barcelona are probably the two best teams in the competition. So we have to be at our best and we have to be focused and prepare well. We are ready. It is an exciting game for us and for the fans. It's a massive game to be involved in."

Guardiola criticised United's approach for being defensive and unambitious in the first leg, which ended 1-1 after Bastian Schweinsteiger cancelled out Nemanja Vidic's opening goal for United.

However, although Moyes admitted the challenge he now faced was the biggest of his career, the United manager insisted that he would not alter his approach tonight.

"It's the hardest task [for me] because of the level of opposition and the competition and the stage," Moyes said. "Of course it's the hardest game. I would like to have more possession of the ball than in the first leg and have a bigger effect on the game when we've got it.

"My plans would be to do that, though those were my plans in the first leg. It [approach] doesn't alter a lot because if, Bayern score, we have to score as well. We have to go out and win. We have to be better on the ball than in the first leg. But we also need the determination to get the result."

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