Manchester United produced a dogged performance to hold Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at Old Trafford.

But Bastian Schweinsteiger's away goal gave the reigning champions the advantage going into the return leg in Munich next Wednesday.

United looked like they might put recent Premier League struggles at home behind them when captain Nemanja Vidic was left unmarked to head in Wayne Rooney's corner just before the hour.

The holders, who had dominated possession without creating too many clear-cut chances, responded swiftly and were level nine minutes later when Schweinsteiger turned in a header from substitute Mario Mandzukic to give Pep Guardiola's side that crucial strike to take back to the Allianz Arena.

Analysis

"It was a very, very good performance by United. There were a lot of positives to take for David Moyes.

"I think United could actually be disappointed with a draw, based on chances created. Bayern had all the possession but they didn't really create an awful lot. The problem though is that away goal.

"The Germans might be without players for the second leg but they have got quality players to come in.

"United have got a chance because in the centre-back area Bayern are vulnerable. We saw it at Arsenal and we have seen it again - they don't like the ball over the top."

Schweinsteiger's night ended in disappointment when he was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a foul on Rooney, while Arjen Robben came closest to settling the contest with a shot inches wide late on.

United will be underdogs for next week's second leg, but a performance that showed much more solidity than in recent home humiliations against Liverpool and Manchester City at least keeps them in the tie.

And manager David Moyes and his players will feel they were victims of an injustice when Danny Welbeck's early strike was harshly ruled out for a raised foot.

Welbeck missed United's best chance later in the first half when clean through on Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer - a moment of hesitation and indecision that may yet prove to be expensive.

United would have craved an early goal and were unfortunate not to get it when Welbeck drove past Neuer only for Spanish official Carlos Velasco Carballo to award a foul for a raised foot on Javi Martinez. It was, at best, a marginal decision.

Bayern eventually settled down into their smooth passing patterns but Guardiola was often visibly frustrated in his technical area as the newly crowned Bundesliga champions failed to produce the end product to go alongside that approach work.

Ball boys

Pep Guardiola and Toni Kroos
  • United finished with just 26% possession - the lowest recorded by a home team in the Champions League this season.

On the whole, United keeper David de Gea was well protected but he did produce one excellent diving save to stop Robben after a trademark run when the Dutchman cut in from the left for a right-foot shot from 20 yards.

The best chance of the half fell to Welbeck as half-time approached. He was sent clear by Rooney with time and space on his side and only Neuer to beat, but he hesitated and ignored the option of a low, powerful shot and offered up a feeble attempted chip which Neuer saved.

United were forced into a half-time change when Shinji Kagawa, who enjoyed plenty of success against Bayern when he played for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, replace Ryan Giggs after he sustained a groin injury.

And for all Bayern's possession, United took the lead after 58 minutes. Kagawa earned a corner and Vidic was left completely unmarked to head Rooney's corner past Neuer.

It was vital United retained their concentration but Bayern were level nine minutes later. Guardiola had introduced Mandzukic for Thomas Muller and he was the creator, heading Rafinha's cross into the path of Schweinsteiger, who turned his finish high past De Gea.

Suddenly Bayern were alive and Robben was inches away with a low effort from the edge of the area with De Gea stretching and beaten.

Bayern were reduced to 10 men when Schweinsteiger was sent off and they will also be without vital midfield man Javi Martinez for the second leg after he picked up another booking.

United will rue the concession of that away goal but at least they can head to Munich with a place in the semi-finals still within their reach.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 04 Jones
  • 28 Büttner (Young - 74' )
  • 16 Carrick
  • 05 Ferdinand
  • 15 Vidic
  • 31 Fellaini
  • 11 Giggs (Kagawa - 45' )
  • 10 Rooney
  • 25 A Valencia Booked
  • 19 Welbeck (Hernández - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 14 Hernández
  • 17 Nani
  • 18 Young
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 44 Januzaj

Bayern Munich

  • 01 Neuer
  • 13 Rafinha
  • 27 Alaba
  • 31 Schweinsteiger Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 08 Javi Martínez Booked
  • 17 Boateng
  • 10 Robben
  • 21 Lahm
  • 25 Müller (Mandzukic - 63' Booked )
  • 39 Kroos (Götze - 74' )
  • 07 Ribéry

Substitutes

  • 05 van Buyten
  • 09 Mandzukic
  • 11 Shaqiri
  • 14 Pizarro
  • 19 Götze
  • 22 Starke
  • 34 Höjbjerg
Ref: Carlos Velasco Carballo

Match Stats

Shots

6 16

On target

4 3

Corners

3 6

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Manchester United 1, FC Bayern München 1.

90:00 +3:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, FC Bayern München 1.

90:00 +1:22

Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:22

Foul by Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United).

89:36 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München) for a bad foul.

89:26

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München).

89:26

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:09 Booking

Booking Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:07

Foul by Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München).

88:07

Javier Hernández (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:45

Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:45

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

86:41

Mario Mandzukic (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:41

Foul by Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).

85:13

Foul by Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München).

85:13

Phil Jones (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Javier Hernández replaces Danny Welbeck.

82:16

Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:16

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

81:25 Booking

Booking Mario Mandzukic (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:18

Foul by Mario Mandzukic (FC Bayern München).

81:18

Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:09

Hand ball by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

77:41

Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:41

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

77:03

Attempt missed. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Götze.

75:43

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by David Alaba.

73:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Bayern München. Mario Götze replaces Toni Kroos.

73:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Ashley Young replaces Alexander Büttner because of an injury.

72:02

Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:02

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

70:12

Attempt missed. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rafinha.

69:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

69:18

Delay in match Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) because of an injury.

65:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 1, FC Bayern München 1. Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Mario Mandzukic with a headed pass.

65:18

Attempt saved. Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rafinha.

64:24

Mario Mandzukic (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:24

Foul by Alexander Büttner (Manchester United).

64:07

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

63:44

Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:44

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

62:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Bayern München. Mario Mandzukic replaces Thomas Müller.

60:43 Booking

Booking Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:38

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München).

60:38

Michael Carrick (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:46

Foul by Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München).

59:46

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Manchester United 1, FC Bayern München 0. Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a cross following a corner.

56:53

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Rafinha.

56:18

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

53:38

Foul by Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München).

53:38

Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:30

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

52:13

Attempt saved. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Antonio Valencia with a cross.

46:24

Attempt missed. Bastian Schweinsteiger (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Rafinha.

45:00

Second Half begins Manchester United 0, FC Bayern München 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester United. Shinji Kagawa replaces Ryan Giggs because of an injury.

45:00 +0:26 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Manchester United 0, FC Bayern München 0.

45:00 +0:24

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Thomas Müller.

44:37

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by David Alaba.

44:36

Attempt blocked. Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Welbeck.

43:49

Foul by Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München).

43:49

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:50

Rafinha (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:50

Foul by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

41:19

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.

39:03

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney with a through ball.

33:59

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Alexander Büttner.

33:26

Attempt blocked. Rafinha (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Philipp Lahm.

32:19

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.

31:40

Attempt saved. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

30:19

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by David de Gea.

30:16

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

23:28

Attempt blocked. Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Franck Ribéry.

20:06

Attempt blocked. Rafinha (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

19:42

Foul by Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern München).

19:42

Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:48

Attempt missed. Franck Ribéry (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

16:04

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Alexander Büttner.

14:38 Booking

Booking Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

14:29

Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:29

Foul by Luis Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

13:03

Attempt blocked. Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

12:44

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Rio Ferdinand.

12:02

Corner, FC Bayern München. Conceded by Nemanja Vidic.

12:01

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

7:12

Attempt missed. Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Philipp Lahm.

4:49

Foul by Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München).

4:49

Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:57

Javi Martínez (FC Bayern München) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:57

Dangerous play by Danny Welbeck (Manchester United).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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