Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer shrugs off Augsburg loss as United clash looms

 Manuel Neuer Bayern Munich Goalkeeper

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Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer has moved to play down the significance of his side’s Bundesliga reverse to Augsburg ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester United.

Bayern were beaten 1-0 by Augsburg on Saturday in their first Bundesliga defeat of the season, although the Bavarian giants had already been crowned German champions.

Pepe Guardiola’s side have now gone three games without a win but Neuer remains unconcerned and insists the quarter-final second-leg against United on Wednesday is all that matters as Bayern seek to defend their European title.

“We took Augsburg seriously,” he told his club’s official website.

“But the main thing for us was that nobody got injured. That’s the crucial point.

“It’s all about Wednesday and the match against Manchester United.
Nothing else matters.”

Bayern host the Premier League side on Wednesday having secured a 1-1 draw in the first-leg at Old Trafford, meaning they have the advantage of an away goal.

United have concerns over striker Wayne Rooney, who missed their 4-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday with a toe injury, while Bayern will be without suspended pair Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger for the return leg at the Allianz Arena, with fellow midfielder Thiago Alcantara on the long-term injury list.

Bayern are 1.21 to win Wednesday’s clash in Munich, while United can be backed at 10.58 to condemn the German side to a second successive defeat and the draw is 6.71.

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