Erik ten Hags side face one of the most daunting tasks in world football when they travel to the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. Still reeling from a shock 3-1 defeat at home to Brighton, United take on the dominant side in German football.
One of the group stages most eye-catching ties sees the Red Devils take on a Thomas Tuchel side enhanced by summer signing Harry Kane. Around 100million is what it cost to snatch the England captain away from Tottenham.
Speaking to Bayerns club website, Hargreaves, who played for both clubs, admitted he believes Kane&aposs arrival helps make the Bundesliga side overwhelming favourites. He said: “Bayern are certainly favourites at home, especially after signing Harry Kane. But United are obviously still a threat.
They&aposve got a quality attack: Marcus Rashford is a great counter-attacking player, Bruno Fernandes plays brilliant balls in behind, so United have a lot of chances. However, if Bayern are in their normal form, I expect them to win the match at home.”
However, the 42-year-old still thinks United will qualify for the knockout rounds. Galatasaray and Copenhagen, who also face each other on Wednesday, make up the remaining clubs in Group A.
“When Bayern and Manchester United were drawn as the first two names, it looked hefty at first, Hargreaves added. It became immediately clear that it would be a tough group. I think everyone knows that Bayern are currently in better form than United. But at the end of the day, both teams are the favourites in the group and I expect them both to qualify for the next round.
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