The first leg was drawn 3-3 in dramatic fashion. With the tie left in the balance and the return leg at Old Trafford, we had to be favourites.
Butt came in for Poborsky in the centre. This meant we had our most defensive, our strongest CM with both Keane and Butt doing DM roles. It paid off.
We were into the Semi’s as we expected. It’s a shame our league form continued to meander. In all honesty the league had been written off at this point. There remained only one real chance of silverware and we were putting everything in it, to win it.
We travelled to the Olympic Stadion to face a Bayern Munich side we all know too well. That squad was littered with world class players; as the result showed.
Had Schmeichel forgotten his gloves that evening our participation in the competition at this point would definitely have been over. Klinsmann played such a big part in this game, Man-of-the-Match doesn’t do him justice. Every commentary flash seemed to display “Klinsmann” something or other. That night, when I closed my eyes, his name would appear on the back of my eyelids.
Thankfully for us, Schmeichel had brought his gloves. He gave us a glimmer of hope by keeping the score from being 5 or even 6. We were less confident than the Ajax return leg but in that same regard, it was at home, at Old Trafford and we had nothing to lose.