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Football: Ferdinand, Martinez in for United v Bayern

Rio Ferdinand was drafted into Manchester United's defence for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday due to an injury to right-back Rafael. Rafael was ruled out with a thigh injury, meaning that Phil Jones shuffled along from centre-back to fill in at right-back and Ferdinand returned to the side in central defence alongside Nemanja Vidic.

Football: Man United v Bayern Munich starting line-ups

Starting line-ups for the Champions League quarter-final first leg between Manchester United and holders Bayern Munich at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday (1845 GMT kick-off): Manchester United (4-3-3) David de Gea; Phil Jones, Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic (capt), Alexander Buttner; Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ryan Giggs; Antonio Valencia, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck Coach: David Moyes (SCO) Bayern Munich (4-1-4-1)

Football: Manchester United v Bayern Munich factfile

Factfile on Manchester United and holders Bayern Munich ahead of the Champions League quarter-final first leg between the clubs at Old Trafford on Tuesday:

Football: Bayern's Thiago ruled out of Man Utd clash

Bayern Munich's Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara is out of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first leg at Manchester United and is expected to miss the next four weeks with a knee injury. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports that the 22-year-old will probably need an operation after partially tearing the medial ligament in his left knee in the 3-3 Bundesliga draw at home to Hoffenheim on Saturday. "We will miss Thiago, he is a special player in midfield," said Guardiola.

Football: Bayern's Thiago ruled out of Man Utd clash

Bayern Munich's Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara is out of Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final, first-leg at Manchester United and is expected to miss the next four weeks with a knee injury. Bayern coach Pep Guardiola told Sky Sports that the 22-year-old will probably need an operation after partially tearing the medial ligament in his left knee in the 3-3 Bundesliga draw at home to Hoffenheim on Saturday. The injury will keep attacking midfielder Thiago out of both Tuesday's first-leg at Old Trafford and the return at Munich's Allianz Arena on April 9.

Football: German league table

German league table after Saturday afternoon's matches (played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points): Bayern Munich 28 25 3 0 82 16 78 -- champions Borussia Dortmund 28 17 4 7 62 31 55 Schalke 04 28 16 6 6 53 37 54 ------------------------------------------------------- Bayer Leverkusen 28 15 3 10 47 34 48 ------------------------------------------------------- VfL Wolfsburg 28 14 5 9 48 42 47

Football: Hoeness attends first Bayern match since conviction

Ex-Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness made his first public appearance since being convicted of tax fraud when he watched the European champions host Hoffenheim in the German league on Saturday. "Uli is always very welcome here with us," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told German daily Bild. Hoeness was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by Munich's regional court a fortnight ago when he was found guilty of cheating the state out of 28.5 million euros ($39.5 million) in unpaid taxes.

Football: Pep's delight as Bayern claim record title

Pep Guardiola secured the Bundesliga title in record time on Tuesday, then promptly praised the work of his Bayern Munich predecessor Jupp Heynckes, whose record the Spaniard broke. Bayern claimed their 24th German league title with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin as Guardiola's European champions claimed the domestic league title with seven games to spare. The Bavarian giants broke their own record for the earliest confirmed league title win, set last April under Heynckes en route to the treble of European, league and cup titles, by one match.

Football: Pep's delight as Bayern claim record title

Pep Guardiola secured the Bundesliga title in record time on Tuesday, then promptly praised the work of his Bayern Munich predecessor Jupp Heynckes, whose record the Spaniard broke. Bayern claimed their 24th German league title with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin as Guardiola's European champions claimed the domestic league title with seven games to spare. The Bavarian giants broke their own record for the earliest confirmed league title win, set last April under Heynckes en route to the treble of European, league and cup titles, by one match.

Bayern wrap up fastest Bundesliga title triumph

By Karolos Grohmann (Reuters) - Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title in record time by beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Tuesday thanks to goals from Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Franck Ribery with seven games left in the campaign. Last season's treble winners claimed their 23rd Bundesliga crown with a 10th straight away victory, stretching their winning streak to a staggering 19 consecutive league games and their unbeaten run to 52 league matches - all Bundesliga records.
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