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Manchester misfits out to prove United wrong

THE aftermath of transfer deadline day and a chance for old chums to chew over former glories.

Or, in the case of Shinji Kagawa and Danny Welbeck, a chance to talk about their time with Manchester United.

Dortmund and Arsenal clash at the Westfalenstadion on Night One of the Champions League and all eyes will be on their two new signings.

How do you think the conversation will go?

“I’m just relieved to be out of there,” will say Kagawa in his pidgin Manc, “cos that Moyes fella didn’t have a clue where to play me, when to play me, or just how damned good I can be. Now I’m back at Dortmund I’ll be an absolute star.”

To which Welbeck will respond, “you’re spot on Shinjers. I used to play left, right, down the middle, in the hole; didn’t know whether I was coming or going. Already at Arsenal I’ve started a game and hit a post, so you watch me go.”

Or maybe instead they’ll opt for a more honest appraisal of their time as Red Devils. “Hello Shinji, surprised to see you playing at this level given how poor you were at United.” “Cheers Danny, to be honest I’m surprised to see you playing at all given how poor you are.”

The truth is out there somewhere and with these attacking titans running the show in Dortmund there’s got to be goals. The bet, however, is Dortmund to score more of them, especially when you consider the nightmarish look to the Gunners’ defence.

The Champions League card isn’t the most eyecatching one so I think I’ll head closer to home for something more profitable. Forget Real Madrid and Juventus, try Cambridge and Shrewsbury instead.

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  • Bayern Munich have made the Champions League semi-finals in each of the last three seasons
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The champions of Germany and England do battle in Munich and goals look certain with both teams much better going forward than in defensive situations. Robert Lewandowski was a great summer signing for Bayern and he can take advantage of City’s defensive vulnerability.