Manchester United can win the Champions League... if they beat Bayern Munich, says Paul Scholes

The former midfielder believes United are capable of going all the way

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Manchester United are capable of winning the Champions League if they overcome Bayern Munich, claims Paul Scholes.

In last week's draw, David Moyes' side were handed arguably the toughest opponent of them all in the shape of the reigning champions and runaway Bundesliga leaders.

Few are giving United hope of navigating their way past Pepe Guardiola's side, who in the last round knocked Arsenal out of the competition. However, Scholes says if United "believe" they might just be able to upset the odds when the sides meet next month.

"We'll be up against a top quality team, but we also have to believe," Scholes told

"It will be very difficult, it's one of the teams you wouldn’t want to get but if we can beat them, who knows, we can go all the way to the final."


United will be without Robin van Persie whose hat-trick saw them overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit against Olympiakos in the last round.

The absence of the Dutchman could be sorely felt in the quarter-final tie, but Scholes pinpointed the last remaining member of the Class of 92 still turning out for United, Ryan Giggs, as the player who could play a key role.

"Wayne Rooney will be a big player for United with Robin van Persie gone.

"Ryan Giggs as well, I know he's 40 years of age but his performances are incredible. I think he would be saved especially for those two games now, because we need that kind of quality in the park."

Paul Scholes pictured during his playing days for United


Manchester United must first ensure their domestic season doesn't slip into disarray with neighbours Manchester City arriving at Old Trafford on Tuesday.