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2018/19 – Treble Reunion – Manchester United v Bayern Munich – Old Trafford, Manchester

Manchester United beat Bayern Munich 5-0 in a thrilling Treble Reunion at the Theatre of Dreams on Sunday afternoon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Dwight Yorke, Nicky Butt, Louis Saha and David Beckham all scored goals in the match with Jesper Blomqvist assisting twice, Saha, Jonathan Greening and Karel Poborsky each getting one assist. The opening goal of the match was scored by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer three minutes after he replaced Andy Cole. David Beckham squared the ball into Dwight Yorke, whose effort was parried away. Jesper Blomqvist then picked up the ball, played it to Solskjaer, who tapped the ball in to put his side 1-0 up. United did score against through Paul Scholes by Gary Neville was offside and the goal was ruled out. Dwight Yorke doubled United’s lead after Jesper Blomqvist played a cross into the box with the former Trinidad and Tobago forward slotting home from close-range. This United side has brought the excitement back to Old Trafford after a tough season.
Nicky Butt scored the third goal for United in the 79th minute of there match, minutes after Teddy Sheringham fired wide of the target, The midfielder began the move with a long-ball to Louis Saha, who then slotted the ball back to Butt for him to bury his shot into the back of the net, showing this Bayern side who the boss was in Manchester. A fourth goal soon followed, this time with Saha scoring. Karel Poborsky played the ball upfield to Jonathan Greening, who remained onside, breaking forward, delivering a low cross to the Frenchman who made it 4-0 to United, with no reply from the German side seeming all that possible, which would have made Sir Alex Ferguson happy. United then made it five with David Beckham scoring in front of the Old Trafford faithful in the Stretford End. Poborsky was once again involved, seeing Beckham run forward, onside, putting in a through ball for Becks to round a player and beat the goalkeeper from close-range, burying the ball high into the back of the net at the near post. What a thrilling encounter.
Men of the Match: David Beckham and Nicky Butt In a game which saw Gary Neville, David Beckham and Nicky Butt all play 90 minutes in their return to the `Theatre of Dreams. All three played a part in the game but Neville will rue being offside which stopped Paul Scholes from scoring in the first half. Both Beckham and Butt god their own goals and drove United forward to win this game. A performance that some of the current first teamers will need to look at in order to bring the same desire next season. Goals: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 5′, Dwight Yorke 30′, Nicky Butt 79′, Louis Saha 85′, David Beckham 90′ Assists: Jesper Blomqvist 5′, 30′, Louis Saha 79′, Jonathan Greening 85′, Karel Poborsky 90′ Manchester United: Schmeichel (van der Gouw 35′ (Pilkington 74′); G. Neville, Stam (Brown 68′), Johnsen (Berg 80′), Irwin (Silvestre 57′); Beckham, Butt, Scholes (Greening 59′), Blomqvist (Poborsky 46′); Yorke (Saha 40′), Cole (Solskjaer 1′ (Sheringham 27′ (May 80′)

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