Manchester United travel to Bayern Munich for Tuesday's Champions League quarterfinal first leg in buoyant mood after six straight wins, with the Germans smarting after back-to-back losses.
While Bayern needed an away goal, and a good dose of luck, to squeeze past Fiorentina in the last 16, United had no such problems as they thumped AC Milan 7-2 on aggregate.
To make matters worse, Munich are waiting on the fitness of influential winger Arjen Robben after the Dutchman, who has scored 14 goals this season, strained a calf muscle on Saturday. “It might not be too bad, but it'll be difficult for him to be fit in time for the United game,” said van Gaal after the Stuttgart game.
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson identified Arjen Robben and French winger Franck Ribery as the Bavarian side's key dangermen.
“Robben and Ribery are the ones who have been carrying the banner for Bayern,” Ferguson said.
United have no injury worries, having rested striker Wayne Rooney and centreback Rio Ferdinand for the 4-0 win over Bolton on Saturday.
The English champions will be at full strength as Ryan Giggs has made a successful comeback from a month-long lay-off, playing a part in two of United's goals at Bolton.
Bordeaux asked to forget Cup failure
PARIS: Bordeaux coach Laurent Blanc has told his players to shrug off the disappointment of their League Cup final defeat and focus on the quarterfinal first leg at Lyon.
Holders Bordeaux were defeated 3-1 by Marseille in Saturday's final in Paris and have also seen a nine-point lead in the French first division whittled down to goal difference by Montpellier.
“We're lucky in a way because we have an important match on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Champions League,” said Blanc, whose side have not reached this stage of Europe's top club tournament since 1988.
“We’ll have to bounce back quickly, get over this disappointment and throw ourselves into this important match.”