Manchester United will resist the temptation to watch replays of their most famous European night prior to Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.
The latest chapter in one of Europe's most fierce rivalries will be written tonight when Bayern Munich come to Old Trafford for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with United.
Fifteen years ago United came from behind to wrest the Champions League trophy from Bayern's grasp thanks to injury-time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Given that United are currently going through their worst season for over two decades, they would be forgiven for wanting to watch the tape of that win to remind them of happier times.
But Giggs, the sole survivor of the two sides that contested that thrilling match Barcelona, sees no point in doing so.
"We won't do that," the United midfielder said.
"Some of the lads probably don't remember it.
"All the players are different now apart from myself."
10 reasons why Manchester United can cause an upset against Bayern Munich
10 reasons why Manchester United can cause an upset against Bayern Munich
1/10 Wayne Rooney is in red-hot form
While many of United’s players look a shell of their former selves, Rooney appears to be a player reborn this season. His double against Aston Villa on Saturday backed-up a brace against West Ham the week before, and took him to 17 goals in all competitions this season – two less than Munich’s top-scorer Mario Mandzukic.
2/10 Pep Guardiola hasn’t won at Old Trafford
The Bayern coach’s last visit to the Theatre of Dreams ended in defeat as his Barcelona side went down 1-0 after a late Paul Scholes winner in the 2007/08 semi-finals. His playing days weren’t much better either, as he only managed a 2-2 draw when he travelled to Manchester with Barcelona in the group stage of the 1994/95 season. Could Old Trafford be a jinx for Pep?
3/10 Bayern’s record against English teams is poor
Having appeared to conquer all before them, Bayern’s record against Premier League opposition isn’t as good as you’d have thought. Over the past five seasons, they’ve won as many as they’ve lost when confronted by English opposition, with five wins and five losses along with one draw. The most recent game saw them held 1-1 with Arsenal (pictured). The most memorable defeat though? The Champions League final loss to Chelsea back in 2011-12.
4/10 Bayern have been celebrating
With seven matches still to run in the Bundesliga, Bayern wrapped up a second-straight German league title, meaning they could focus their attentions on the Champions League and German Cup final. The up-shot of all this is that a number of reports have claimed the Munich players hit the town in celebration. If you can’t celebrate back-to-back title wins, when can you? (Answer: When there’s not a Champions League quarter-final the following week).
5/10 Shinji Kagawa has always won against Bayern
Having struggled to hold down a place in the United first-team squad, Shinji Kagawa showed promising signs that he could yet develop into a top player at Old Trafford with a good performance against Aston Villa. David Moyes will likely start with Kagawa on Tuesday, especially as he is without the cup-tied Juan Mata, but also because the Japanese international has won all four of his encounters against Bayern during his time with Borussia Dortmund – a point he made reference to in his pre-match press conference.
6/10 Could 1999 happen again?
Manchester United’s finest moment in European football arguably came in the 2-1 comeback victory over Bayern in the 1999 Champions League final, when Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struck in injury time to secure Sir Alex Ferguson his first Champions League trophy. Could lightning strike twice?
7/10 All eggs in one basket
Chelsea’s success in 2011/12 coincided with a dreadful run in the Premier League that saw them miss out on the top four, ending the season in sixth. However, Didier Drogba’s late equaliser and subsequent winning penalty in a dramatic shootout – over Bayern coincidentally – gave Chelsea a way into the next season’s Champions League, not to mention the accolade of winning a first ever European Cup. With United languishing down in seventh in the league, they can draw inspiration from the Chelsea Class of 2012.
8/10 Bayern didn’t win at the weekend
They may not have lost at all in the Bundesliga this season, but they let slip a 3-1 lead over Hoffenheim on Saturday to ‘suffer’ a 3-3 draw. Guardiola may have chosen to rest his key players for the encounter with Tuesday’s match on the horizon, but it is the first time that Munich have been held in the league since the 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on October 5 last year. Bravo, Hoffenheim.
9/10 Manchester is the danger-word for Bayern
It’s well worth remembering that Bayern have already lost to Manchester this season. Ok, so it was rivals Manchester City, and it was way back in December, but at least they showed the rest of Europe that they’re not invincible. The feat was made all the more impressive as City ran out 3-2 winners in the German’s own backyard, whereas United will be hoping for a result at home to take a lead on their travels to the Allianz Arena.
10/10 Giggs was phenomenal last time out
Up against it in the last-16 with his side 2-0 down on aggregate, Moyes turned to Ryan Giggs to inspire the side to a three-goal victory against Olympiakos. The veteran midfielder did exactly that, laying on two-goals for striker Robin van Persie – whose hat-trick earned United progression to this stage – and standing out as the best player on the pitch at an incredible 40 years of age. Giggs has not started a match since, but Moyes could be saving him in the hope of another virtuoso display on Tuesday.
Giggs' appearance at the pre-match press conference suggests the 40-year-old could start on Tuesday, and the midfielder played down talk of a rift between him and manager David Moyes.
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He said: "There is no problem with the manager; I don't know where that came from. The relationship is good.
"Of course as a player you want to play all the time. I normally play every two or three weeks to get the best out of me. The last game was probably my first for seven weeks but you are not sulking, you just have to be ready to play your best for the team."
Although Robin van Persie's hat-trick against Olympiacos secured United's progression to the last eight, Giggs' contribution to the second leg was arguably as big.
The United midfielder rolled back the years to set up two goals with a pair of glorious long passes.
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But despite a healthy diet and a commitment to extensive yoga sessions, Giggs is unsure whether his body will be able to stand the rigours of another season at the club.
"I don't know (if I will play on for another year)," said Giggs, who made his United debut some 23 years ago.
"I'll tell you after tomorrow! I am just trying to enjoy this season and then at the end I will take stock and see what I want to do.
"I am enjoying my football as much as ever, I feel fit and then at the end of the season, I will see what I want to do."
Manager Moyes eased some of the pressure on his shoulders with the 3-2 aggregate win over Olympiacos, but domestic results since have been inconsistent.
Moyes knows his men are big underdogs, but he wants them to raise their game and stun the reigning champions.
"These are the sort of nights in history United have risen to and we want to do that," Moyes said.
"This is one of the reasons why I took this job. The Champions League is a really good competition, it has been really good for us so far. I came into it as a really inexperienced manager in the Champions League but we have done well and now we have the ultimate test in Bayern Munich.
"We have go into the game knowing we have to get a good result to take it to Germany and we will try to do that."
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