Ratings: Little to show from Manchester United but Bailly, Lindelof, Fred, and Sanchez were the standout players

Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich. United created very little and at times struggled to match the German side on the pitch. It was a second half header from Javi Martinez which beat David De Gea that ended United’s pre-season with the second defeat of the summer.

United avoided a much bigger defeat, which will be a positive heading into the new Premier League season. Jose Mourinho knows the problems he has with those missing because of the FIFA World Cup and through injury. More could have been down this summer with United seemingly needed to strengthen in many areas, which could mean another long, tough season lying ahead.

There were some positives from the game though. Eric Bailly was partnered with Victor Lindelof and both did United proud, looking solid in defence. Fred was also looking to be settling at his new club, playing some good football at times and trying to inspire and create, which could be what he is tasked with when a full strength United play their matches.

Alexis Sanchez also looked like a different player from the one which arrived in January. He seems more confident, has had good pre-season, which will be his first for a number of years. The defeat means nothing, as it was pre-season. The playing style os problematic, but with the number of players missing, this is understandable. In a few weeks, this pre-season could be a thing of the past.

Manchester United

1 David De Gea

Did well during the first half with United having few chances and welcoming the pressure of Bayern. Made a few good saves, close to being his best once again. Conceded in the 59th minute of the game, beaten by a Martinez header.


Matteo Darmian

The Italian, who continue to be linked with an exit this summer, started as the main right-back once again and was involved in the game during spells. He was replaced by Jones in the 65th minute.


2 Victor Lindelof

Lindelof started alongside Bailly, which was something we all wanted to see. The Swede did well in defence and was kept busy at times. Replaced in the 78th minute by Tuanzebe.


3 Eric Bailly

Had a good first half, commanding the central defensive area. Bayern had many chances, most thwarted by the greatness of De Gea. His match was ended in the 51st minute due to injury.


23 Luke Shaw

The English left-back did well again, seemingly playing himself into Mourinho's good books this pre-season. Got forward, tried to create and score. Replaced by Mitchell in the 78th minute.


21 Ander Herrera

Herrera did well in midfield, playing in a three-man midfield with Fred and Andreas Pereira. Put in some good work at times. Replaced by Garner in the 81st minute.


Andreas Pereira

Played another game in midfield and seemed to do well, at times. Far from convinced that this midfield is capable of performing as there was little creativity coming from the area. Not Pereira's fault as he seeks a chance to show what he's capable of.


17 Fred

Fred was still finding his feet at United but also started to show his abilities both on and off the ball. The Brazilian will no doubt get better as the weeks progress. With Matic on the sidelines and Fellaini still on holiday, his signing will be much-needed in the early stages of the season.


8 Juan Mata

The Spaniard may not seem suited to the right-wing, especially with the fact that United created very little during the game. Was replaced by McTominay in the 65th minute.


10 Marcus Rashford

The new number 10 did not have the best of games, however, it was his first match after his holiday. He did well doing what he did with this United side making it seem like it would be another long, hard season. Replaced by Fosu-Mensah in the 65th minute.


Alexis Sanchez

Had little creativity coming from behind him against Bayern. He won't be happy about that or the defeat. Dug deep at times to try and create but it just did not work out.



13 Lee Grant

Replaced De Gea 78'. Had a cameo in goal, denied Bayern from scoring, hitting the side netting, conceded late on but it was ruled for offside.


24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Replaced Rashford 65'. The Dutchman seems to be heading out on loan this summer but playing in pre-season has shown his ability. Did well against Bayern.


4 Phil Jones

Replaced Darmian 65'. Got involved in the game but it never helped to improve United at all. Still welcoming the pressure, still sidestepping it. Could have lost by more goals.


35 Demetri Mitchell

Replaced Shaw 78'. Played well in place of Shaw. His pace and ability showed promise but it was not enough for United to end pre-season with a victory.


Chris Smalling

Replaced Bailly 51'. Not good that Bailly seemed to be carrying an injury. Smalling was his usual self when he came on, pushing and pulling players in the box. Not a bad performance from him though.


38 Axel Tuanzebe

Replaced Lindelof 78'. Did well during the 12 minutes he played. Could have a good season if he remains at the club, could be sent out on loan though, which will be good as long as he plays.


James Garner

Replaced Herrera 81'. Came on an injured Herrera with nine minutes to play. Did not really get involved in the game.


39 Scott McTominay

Replaced Mata 65'. Got stuck into the game. Was fouled by Boateng shortly after he came on. Hardly got involved in an creativity though.


Tahith Chong

Replaced Fred 78'. Got more minutes on the pitch. Not ready for the first team yet. Has the ability, the face and the mind to read the game and his opposition. His physicality is the problem right now but in the future, he could be a great player for United, or whoever.


Manchester United: De Gea (Grant 78′); Darmian (Jones 65′), Lindelof (Tuanzebe 78′), Bailly (Smalling 51′), Shaw (Mitchell 78′); Herrera (Garner 81′), Pereira, Fred (Chong 78′); Mata (McTominay 65′), Rashford (Fosu-Mensah 65′), Sanchez

Substitutes Not Used: Greenwood

Report: Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester United; lacklustre United failed to create much

Manchester United were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich. United created very little and at times struggled to match the German side on the pitch. It was a second half header from Javi Martinez which beat David De Gea that ended United’s pre-season with the second defeat of the summer.

Jose Mourinho was boosted ahead of this game with the return of Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, and Romelu Lukaku. Rashford and Lindelof were fit to start the match with Jones on the bench. Lukaku, however, was left in Manchester, presumably to get himself fit to start, or play a part against Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday.

The first chance of the game came through Bayern Munich with Arjen Robben flicking the ball to Joshua Kimmich on the overlap, his cross aiming to catch David De Gea out at the near post with the Spanish number one reading the game well, stopping the German side from taking an early lead. Bayern had another chance minutes later with Robben and Thiago Alcantara pressuring De Gea with the Spaniard palming the shot away.

In the 10th minute of the match, De Gea out a long-ball towards Rashford, which was won by Mats Hummels. Two minutes later, Fred was playing well in midfield, always looking for the ball and putting a lot of energy into his performance. He could be the player to provide service in the midfield this season, once he has settled in, which does not seem to be that far ahead into the future.

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Matteo Darmian, who continues to be linked with a move away from United this summer, found Rashford on the right, trying to get the ball around Hummels, who was going to be the main problem in this Bayern defence, nearly getting the ball through but the German international made a lunging tackle, clearing his line. Bayern had an opportunity moments later through Serge Gnabry, De Gea making the save.

United do not seem to be creating much in the forward areas. Lindelof, however, was being kept busy, which is what we all want to see as he will show his abilities, like he did playing for Sweden during the FIFA World Cup. In the 25th minute, Robben out a dangerous ball into Thomas Muller but De Gea was out of his area to stake his claim to the ball, putting a direct ball for Rashford to get in behind but Manuel Never got the ball.

Bayern had another chance to create in the 28th minute after the ball was played in from the right from Muller. However, Robben could not quite get there. There was a water break in the game around the 30 minute mark. During that time, Mourinho was speaking to his players to get the game to change as they had not been playing well until this stage of the game.

After the restart, United continued to sit deep and welcome the pressure. Alexis Sanchez was playing deep on the left and Rashford was not getting much involvement in the game, possibly because this was his first match back after his participation in the World Cup. Robben created a chance in the 36th minute, putting the ball into the box but Eric Bailly made the clearance into Javi Martinez, missed the target with his shot.

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In the 39th minute, United were starting to play a bit better with Luke Shaw driving infield with Mata running into space. Shaw passed the ball into Mata but David Alaba ushered him out-of-the-way. Two minutes later, Sanchez tried to get something started on the left but Kimmich blocked his path. Bayern had a chance in the 43rd minute through Franck Ribery, who tried to shoot from 15-yards, failing to create danger.

The first half ended 0-0 with United on the receiving end of the majority of the pressure in the game, having 34% possession and not even having a shot on goal. I am sure those on Twitter who are used to moaning will be doing just that, unable to differentiate between a pre-season match and a competitive fixture. The half-time team talk could inspire this United side to grab something from this game.

At the start of the second half, Bayern made three changes with Muller, Hummels, and Ribery being replaced by Robert Lewandowski, Jerome Boateng, and Leon Goretzka. Bailly seemed to be carrying an injury early in the second half, being replaced by Chris Smalling in the 51st minute of the match. United had a chance through Shaw in the 52nd minute after a clever pass by Fred. Shaw could not gain control of the ball though.

In the 54th minute, Robben swung a corner in from the right, De Gea stayed on his line, Goretzka met the ball with a header, looping his effort over the crossbar. It should have been the opening goal of the game. Bayern made another change moments later with Juan Bernat replacing Alaba in the 56th minute. Bayern scored in the 59th minute through Martinez, heading past De Gea.

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After the goal, Bayern made two more changes with Thiago and Gnabry being replaced by Rafinha and Kingsley Coman. United had a shot on goal in the 62nd minute of the match with Fred trying his luck from 30-yards. However, his right-footed effort swerved well wide of the post. Mourinho readied some changes with Mata being replaced by Scott McTominay, Phil Jones replacing Darmian and Tim Fosu-Mensah replacing Rashford.

In the 69th minute, Boateng was booked for a challenge on McTominay after he changed his pace to get one over the German defender, who responded by chopping the Academy graduate down. There was another break in play in the 70th minute with the players taking on more fluids. Bayern made another change with Kimmich being replaced by Sebastian Rudy.

Bayern had another chance in the 74th minute fo the match after Lewandowski, who had been very quiet, came to life, turning Jones *surprise* but flashed his shot over the crossbar. After the chance, United continued to welcome Bayern in their area, with the pressure seemingly well matched with United dealing with the German side.

Mourinho made more changes with Demetri Mitchell replacing Shaw, Axel Tuanzebe replacing Lindelof, Lee Grant replacing De Gea and Tahith Chong replacing Fred in the 78th minute. James Garner replaced Herrera in the 81st minute with the Spanish midfielder seemingly carrying a knock. Koman had a chance to create, passing to Goretzka, who hit the side netting.

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Robben had another chance a few minutes later, charging down the right, opening up some space and flashing the ball across the face of the goal which Lewandowski could not find. In the 88th minute, Bayern scored through Robben, but the flag was raised late for offside, thwarting the celebrations of the Dutchman. A minute of stoppage time was played at the end of the match.

The match ended in defeat for United with a pretty lacklustre display but Mourinho’s side. However, looking at the positives, both Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku were yet to return and player who are not he sidelines through injury will also boost things when they have recovered. United do need to sort something out before the closure of the transfer window though, or moving forward from last season will be very hard.

Manchester United: De Gea (Grant 78′); Darmian (Jones 65′), Lindelof (Tuanzebe 78′), Bailly (Smalling 51′), Shaw (Mitchell 78′); Herrera (Garner 81′), Pereira, Fred (Chong 78′); Mata (McTominay 65′), Rashford (Fosu-Mensah 65′), Sanchez

Substitutes Not Used: Greenwood

Confirmed Starting XI: Bayern Munich v Manchester United; Rashford, Sanchez and Mata lead the line

Manchester United face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Sunday evening in what will be their final pre-season match of the summer. United travelled to the United States of America on their pre-season tour where they drew 1-1 with Club America, drew 0-0 with San Jose Earthquakes, beat AC Milan 9-8 on penalties in the first match of the International Champions Cup, then lost 4-1 to Liverpool, before beating Real Madrid 2-1 in the final match of the American leg of the tour.

United will open the Premier League season at Old Trafford on Friday 10 August against Leicester City, a day after the summer transfer window closes with Diogo Dalot, Fred, and Lee Grant all signing for United so far. There is also speculation that suggests Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld could be on his way to the Theatre of Dreams before the transfer window closes. However, more could have been done to give this United side a chance to take on the might of Manchester City this season.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Darmian, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw;

Fred, Herrera, Pereira;

Mata, Rashford, Sanchez


Grant; Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Mitchell, Smalling, Tuanzebe; Garner, McTominay; Chong, Greenwood

United and Bayern Munich have gone head to head in competitive matches eleven times since 1998, all whilst playing in the UEFA Champions League. United have won just twice; the treble-winning team in 1999 beat Bayern 2-1 in Barcelona, scoring twice in added time – “Beckham into Sheringham, and Solskjaer has won it.” United also won at Old Trafford in 2010, winning 3-2 but exiting the tournament 4-4 on aggregate, on away goals. The last time the two sides played was four years ago,  United drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford, losing 3-1 in Munich, losing 4-2 on aggregate. Time for a United victory again?

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