MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United has been on the wrong end of some humiliating results at Old Trafford this season, none more so than the 3-0 losses inflicted by fierce rivals Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League over the past month.
Those beatings have prompted the same question among many United fans: Just how is the team going to prevent another thrashing by Bayern Munich, currently the best team in Europe, in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals?
For arguably the first time in the Champions League era, United heads into a home match as the underdog — and for good reason.
Bayern is the reigning European champion, the recently anointed German champion and has only lost two games in all competitions this season — in the German Super Cup and against Manchester City in the Champions League when its place in the knockout stage was already guaranteed.
United, meanwhile, is enduring its worst season for some time and is languishing in seventh place in the English standings, with doubts hovering over the suitability of its manager and a slew of its players.
Here are five things to know about Tuesday's match:
After successfully defending its Bundesliga title in record time last week, Bayern Munich is looking to become the first side to retain the Champions League trophy in the competition's modern format.
That is one of a host of milestones in its grasp.
Bayern remains on course to emulate last season's treble (league, German Cup, Champions League) — and even better it. Saturday's 3-3 draw at home to Hoffenheim ended Bayern's Bundesliga-record winning run of 19 games but the side remains unbeaten in a league-record 53 games.
Bayern could become the first side to complete a Bundesliga season unbeaten in 51 years of the league, while the team looks set to eclipse last year's record points total when it finished with 91 points. Bayern now has 78, with 18 points still to play for.
MEMORIES OF 1999
Ever since United and Bayern were paired in the draw for the quarterfinals, there have been endless clips of the memorable final at the Camp Nou in 1999 that was settled in the English side's favor by two injury-time goals.
Those were the glory days for United in the trophy-laden Alex Ferguson era — and they couldn't be further away for United supporters.
This season — the first post-Ferguson — has been tough and one that manager David Moyes will be glad to see the back of.
"It's been a difficult season for us," Moyes said, "but we can go a long way to doing an awful lot better if we can get a result on Tuesday."
Every win seems to be quickly followed by a new setback for Moyes in his first year at Old Trafford. So he may be slightly concerned that United heads into the game on the back of a 4-1 victory over Aston Villa in the league.