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Defender Phil Jones is hoping that the Manchester United crowd will be a decisive factor in Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
The Red Devils are set to welcome the Catalans to Old Trafford for the first leg of their quarter-final tie, with the return leg at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, April 9.
It looks a tough task for David Moyes’ men as they have struggled to hit the heights this term and go into the match in the unaccustomed position of being seventh in the Premier League table.
Conversely, Bayern, who are 1.45 favourites to win the match, have already wrapped up the Bundesliga title and can now concentrate their efforts on retaining their Champions League crown and the possibility of sealing another historic treble.
But United, who can be backed at 6.77 to secure a first-leg lead, showed against Olympiakos that they are still a force to be reckoned with at home and Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Aston Villa will also have given the players a confidence boost.
Jones is likely to be severely tested throughout the 90 minutes with the attacking talent on display in the German side’s ranks and he is looking for the home faithful to give the players a lift in what he feels is the “biggest game of the season”.
“We are realistic and know how difficult the game is going to be,” he said. “We know how well they are playing; they are in form and have won the league with seven games to go.
“But who knows? It is the Champions League, it is a home tie at Old Trafford and if we get the crowd behind us then you just never know.”