Man Utd vs Bayern Munich predictions: End of the road for Red Devils
- Manchester United have lost two of their last three matches
- Bayern Munich are unbeaten in their five Group A games
- Recommended bet: Bayern Munich to win
Nothing less than a victory will do for under-pressure Manchester United when they welcome Group A leaders Bayern Munich to Old Trafford for Champions League action on Tuesday evening.
The Red Devils sit bottom of the group on five points, just a point behind both Copenhagen and Galatasaray, and Erik ten Hag's side know all three points are required to stand any chance of advancing into the next round.
If United secure the victory and there is a draw between Copenhagen and Galatasaray, then that will be enough to send the English giants through and prolong their Champions League journey.
It is quite the precarious situation for the red side of Manchester, who are down in the dumps after they suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.
United are in desperate need of a boost ahead of the busy festive period, but taking on the might of the German champions may only bring more misery.
United remain without Tyrell Malacia, Casemiro and Lisandro Martinez, who are not expected back until January, while Christian Eriksen is still a couple of weeks away from returning.
Mason Mount and Victor Lindelof are closer to making a comeback, though this fixture comes too soon for the duo.
Matthijs de Ligt, Bouna Sarr, Tarek Buchmann and Tom Hulsmann are all ruled out for Bayern, who are likely to make changes following their own big defeat at the weekend in the league — a 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Saturday's loss to Bournemouth was United's sixth home defeat of the season across all competitions, with three of those defeats coming in their last five outings at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have conceded 14 goals from their five Champions League games, only Antwerp (15) have conceded more in the group stage of this year's competition.
Bayern have won six of their last seven away matches in the Champions League and they are unbeaten from their five Group A assignments this season, winning four and drawing one.
The Bavarians have won the last two meetings against the Red Devils, recording a 4-3 victory in the reverse fixture and a 3-1 triumph in April 2014.
Both teams head into this contest looking for quick responses, with United having been outplayed in the 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth and Bayern being surprisngly thrashed 5-1 on the road at Eintracht.
There is nothing riding on this for the Bavarians, who are already assured of top spot, but the chance to knock out the club that famously defeated them in the 1999 final is something they will not pass up.
Bayern will be eager to make amends for the weekend loss in the Bundesliga and they have won both of their away assignments in the Champions League so far, beating Copenhagen 2-1 and Galatasaray 3-1.
The reigning German champions now take on a United side that is struggling badly for consistency. This was highlighted again over the past week when they went from beating Chelsea 2-1 at home in midweek to then being humiliated by the Cherries.
It feels like Ten Hag's time in the dugout is running out and Bayern can pile the misery on the Red Devils by grabbing the victory that would end United's Champions League campaign for another year.
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