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Guardiola: Rooney will play

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola is convinced Wayne Rooney will play for Manchester United in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second-leg tie - and he is willing to put his money where his mouth his.

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Pep Guardiola: Bayern Munich boss expects United to try and hit them on the brea

Pep Guardiola: Bayern Munich boss expects United to try and hit them on the brea

The Spaniard joked he would buy journalists "a big class of beer" if the 28-year-old England forward did not start in the return clash at the Allianz Arena, after Rooney returned to training on Tuesday following a toe injury.

"He is going to play - 100%. I bet you a big glass of beer he is going to play," Guardiola said.

"The big players have to play. Rooney is one of the best players I've ever seen in my career so if he doesn't play in this game, it means he has a lot of problems.

"I believe he will play and Antonio Valencia too, because I am certain Bastian Schweinsteiger (suspended) is not going to play."

Wednesday's game is delicately poised at 1-1 following the first leg at Old Trafford and United have a real belief they can pull off a shock result in the German capital and progress to the semi-finals.

But Guardiola, the former Barcelona manager, believes he has figured David Moyes out tactically.

"When they play at home they attack a little bit more, when they're away they defend and wait for the counter-attack," he said.

"Maybe I am wrong. Maybe they are thinking something different. But I think they are going to wait at the back, with eight or nine players in the box, and wait for our mistake or a chance at a free-kick or corner to punish us."

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ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

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rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

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