Bayern Munich compounded further misery on Manchester United as they ran out 4-3 winners in their Champions League showdown this evening.
Erik ten Hag’s men were heavily criticised following their abject showing and loss against Brighton over the weekend. Life wasn’t made easier on their return to Bavaria as Germany’s most decorated club inflicted another heavy defeat on them. So much so that United have now conceded three or more goals in three consecutive games for the first time since December 1978 under Dave Sexton.
Furthermore, this latest setback means United have lost as many as four of their opening six games of a campaign in all competitions for the first time since 1986/87 under Ron Atkinson – the season in which Alex Ferguson would later take charge of the club.
Even with Thomas Tuchel suspended from the dugout, his men proved to be too good with Bayern’s attack enjoying tonight’s outing. Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, Harry Kane and Mathys Tel all got on the scoresheet with Jamal Musiala putting on a masterful wing display. United had their moments and on another day could have taken home something. Rasmus Hojlund netted his first Champions League goal on debut while Casemiro bagged a late double.
Here’s how the players rated at the Allianz Arena:
Sven Ulreich – 6 – Started nervously, after being called into action early into the opening exchanges, before settling though wasn’t able to keep a clean sheet after starting and ending the second half poorly.
Alphonso Davies – 7 – The visitors looked as if they were going to take an early lead but a great challenge from Davies prevented Pellistri from scoring. It was nothing more than classic back-post defending from the Bayern left-back.
Kim Min-Jae – 7.5 – The man they dubbed ‘monster’ needn’t be at his colossal best as Man Utd’s attack left a lot to be desired.
Dayot Upamecano – 7 – He’s been keeping Matthijs de Ligt out of Bayern’s starting line. Upamecano needed another reassured performance to keep his spot which he duly obliged.
Konrad Laimer – 6.5 – Strong in the early phases as Bayern were required to defend well.
Joshua Kimmich – 7.5 – Even when playing in a central role the multifunctional German international often found himself drifting out wide and being a nuisance. His phenomenal pass led to Tel’s effective winning goal.
Leon Goretzka – 5.5 – Allowed emotions to get the better of him as Glenn Nyberg booked him following a tiff with Martinez.
Serge Gnabry – 7.5 – The one-time Arsenal man has now netted seven goals across his last six appearances against English clubs in the Champions League, also registering goals against Spurs (4) and Chelsea (2).
Jamal Musiala – 9 – Strengthening his case to win the 2023 Golden Boy award. Before tonight’s game Harry Kane spoke about his ability in tight spaces and that run to the byline against Dalot — in the build-up to Bayern’s second goal which also showcased his speed, guile and composure — was another perfect example. He finished having completed a game-high five take-ons (100% success rate).
Leroy Sané – 8 – It wasn’t long ago many questioned Sane’s future at the club. Such thoughts are no longer spoken with the former Manchester City forward enjoying a strong campaign so far. His deadlock-breaking goal, though, had a tad of fortune about it. That being said, he’s now scored in consecutive appearances against Man Utd, also netting against them for Manchester City in April 2019 in a 2-0 win.
Harry Kane – 8 – Restored his side’s two-goal lead with a well-struck penalty. Before that Kane was the provider when he teed up Sane’s opener.
Kingsley Coman (for Gnabry 63) – 5 – The hero from Bayern’s last Champions League winning final was unable to get into the game in a meaningful way.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (for Musiala 75) – 5 – Had a few late shots on goal which Onana responded well to.
Mathys Tel (for Sané 87) – 5.5 – His first European goal was an excellent finish.
Thomas Müller (for Kane 87) – N/A – A late sub.
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André Onana – 3 – Bayern had rarely threatened but was gifted a lead. Leroy Sane’s speculative effort — which lacked power — somehow managed to squirm through Onana’s body and into the net. Amateur stuff from a highly thought-of goalkeeper. With his confidence shot he conceded a second moments later.
Sergio Reguilón – 4.5 – On loan but he’s arguably been United’s standout player across his opening two appearances for the club.
Lisandro Martínez – 3.5 – Entered the referee’s book following a needless challenge on Kane before entering a war of words with Leon Goretzka.
Victor Lindelöf – 4 – Made a number of important clearances but was overwhelmed on this occasion.
Diogo Dalot – 4 – The loss of Aaron Wan-Bissaka ensured the much-maligned Portuguese full-back started tonight’s match. He was, unfortunately from a Man Utd perspective, schooled by Musiala.
Christian Eriksen – 4 – Had the game’s first real chance. Eriksen cut in from the left and his first ball is deflected across towards Pellistri, where Davies makes an incredible challenge. It comes back to him, though, and Ulreich saved his well-struck effort superbly. Unfortunate to concede a penalty.
Casemiro – 6 – Pressed aggressively in midfield when United were out of possession and crazily managed to bungle home a late brace.
Marcus Rashford – 5 – Enjoyed plenty of possession down Man Utd’s lefthand flank but seldom threatened Bayern’s domineering backline save for creating Højlund’s consolation goal.
Bruno Fernandes – 4.5 – For whatever reason it hasn’t been clicking for United’s most creative player recently. This was another performance to forget until the dying seconds.
Facundo Pellistri – 5 – First start for the Uruguayan winger this season. He started brightly though started to fade away once Bayern grabbed the ascendency.
Rasmus Højlund – 5.5 – Chances were too few and far between in the opening half but the Dane was rewarded for his persistence with an early second-half goal.
Scott McTominay (for Eriksen 69) – 4 – Brought on to limit further damage.
Alejandro Garnacho (for Pellistri 81) – N/A – A late sub.
Anthony Martial (for Højlund 81) – N/A – A late sub.