Bayern Munich 4 Manchester United 3


Ten Hag’s men clawed a goal back four minutes after the break to briefly raise the hopes of the travelling supporters. Rashford’s instant pass fed Hojlund and his effort took a deflection off Kim Min-jae and rolled past Ulreich to spark passionate celebrations from the Danish centre-forward.

Instead of being a launchpad for the Reds, within seconds, Bayern had a three-on-two attack that resulted in Musiala’s shot deflecting off Dalot and flying just wide. From the corner, Upamecano’s header struck Eriksen’s hand and, after a lengthy VAR review, the officials decided it was worthy of a penalty. Kane was unconcerned with any controversy as he buried the spot-kick beyond Onana’s right hand.

Sane was denied by the base of a post after being released by Musiala in the 55th minute as the German champions threatened to run away with it, while Onana kept out a Kane attempt after the dangerous Musiala sped past Casemiro in midfield to create the opportunity.

Onana batted away a strange shot by Sane that moved in the air and produced the save of the night to push away a piledriver by substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. The Cameroon international also denied another sub, Kingsley Coman, as Bayern kept hunting a fourth goal. Choupo-Moting was next to test Onana again but some life was breathed into United with a couple of minutes to go.

A sustained attack involved Bruno Fernandes and Rashford before substitute Anthony Martial nudged it towards Casemiro. Although he was on the deck after being crowded out by Bayern defenders, the Brazil international cleverly hooked home to reduce the arrears.

However, we again conceded soon after finding the net ourselves, as Thomas Muller hit a post and the danger was not cleared, with impressive youngster Tel lofting high into the net when left unmarked to pick up a Joshua Kimmich through ball. Remarkably, there was still time for Fernandes’s free-kick to be nodded in by Casemiro during a crazy conclusion to the tough assignment in Munich.

With Galatasaray coming from behind to draw 2-2 with FC Copenhagen, Group A is certainly off to a dramatic start.

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Earps voted England Women’s Player of the Year

She was also integral as the team won the inaugural Women’s Finalissima with a shoot-out defeat of Brazil back in April, saving Tamires’s spot-kick at Wembley Stadium to help Sarina Wiegman’s team on their way to victory.

Earps began the calendar year by winning FIFA The Best Goalkeeper award for 2022. She has the chance to retain the accolade after being nominated again last week for the 2023 edition, alongside her new United team-mate Hinata Miyazawa.

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Onana: I’m not just here for my feet!

Andre, you’ve had a good start here at Manchester United. The fans admire your passion. Is that important to you? And also, have you had added extra expectation after replacing David De Gea, one of the most established players here at Manchester United, some would call a legend at the football club? Have you handled that okay?
“Well, I’m a very passionate player and I demand a lot from my players and my defenders. But like I always said, we are in this together. Being part of this big club is something great. Manchester United is an amazing club, it’s huge. I am happy to be here. Replacing David is not something easy. I try to do my best of course. The start of the season is not what we want, but we believe better will come, the situation will turn and I am very confident. I know everything will be alright.”

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Ten Hag: Hojlund and Rashford to hit it off

With Bayern Munich at their Allianz Arena posing the next big challenge, in the UEFA Champions League Group A opener on Wednesday night, there will hopefully be more sparks between the front-runners.

When asked if Marcus can transform his game to work in tandem with the former Atalanta man, Erik replied: “Yes, absolutely. The two can benefit from each other. But they have to know each other and that process has only just started. At the same time, we need results and so it has to go hand in hand.

“But we learn from every training [session] and we learn from every game. Of course, we reflect togetherness and, of course, we lead that as a coaching staff. But we have also seen that Rasmus and Rashy are together, they’re talking about how they can benefit from it.

“So you can see that discussion, that interaction on the pitch is going on, and that is a good sign. I’m sure they will get that connection. I think the connection is already there but I think they will get there.”

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Guerrero: The WSL will make me a more complete player

Irene was part of the Spain squad that defeated England’s Lionesses in the final of the 2023 World Cup in Sydney. The 26-year-old says that while the achievement is one she will savour forever, the impact beyond the white lines of a football pitch will shape younger generations.

“It was an incredible moment that I’ll never forget,” she said.

“It wasn’t just winning the trophy, it was about showing young boys and girls it is possible.”

Our new recruit will no doubt be looking to inspire future generations at United as well, as she begins her career in English football.

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