Ferguson and United gunning for Bayern

Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson said his side were gunning for Bayern Munich in a Champion’s League quarter-final clash on Tuesday evening.

Ferguson and United gunning for Bayern
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The sides meet in the first leg in Munich in a match that re-unites the teams contesting the 1999 final. Back then United won 2-1 thanks to two injury-time goals to record their only win over Bayern in Europe’s top club competition.

“The two clubs have a great history, it does put an edge to the game I feel,” said Ferguson. “I respect Bayern Munich. I have a great admiration for this club. We are playing against history.”

Ferguson said Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand were both fit and raring to take on Bayern’s best including French midfielder Franck Ribery and Dutch winger Arjen Robben, who is an injury doubt.

“They have many good players. Whether Ribery and Robben will play I don’t know, I have to plan for that,” he said, but the legendary Scottish manager refused to countenance comments from Bayern coach Louis van Gaal that the German side are the underdogs.

“He is a clever man, I don’t pay attention to that,” said Ferguson. “Their motivation to play the first game at home will be strong, I don’t think at any moment it will be an easy game.”

And van Gaal insisted on Monday the Bundesliga giants feared neither Manchester United nor their star striker Wayne Rooney.

“Bayern is maybe not yet a top level European club but we can reach this level during a match,” said van Gaal. “It’s a big game for all of us. We can show all of Europe what we’re worth.”

Van Gaal also paid tribute to Ferguson and the discipline he has instilled in his team.

“Our team has quality, but I’m sure of one thing: Manchester United play in a very organised and disciplined way, I’m jealous of this discipline,” he said.

The 1999 triumph in Barcelona brought Ferguson the first Champions League title of his glittering Old Trafford tenure but he insisted that all thoughts of that night were in the past.

“I don’t think they think about it,” said Ferguson. “In fact, I don’t think one of their (current) players played in the final.”

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.