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Bayern Munich dominate Manchester United in friendly victory

Manchester United offered nothing for 90 minutes, and Bayern Munich turned their dominate performance into a 1-0 victory.

(L-R) Manchester's Brazilian Fred, Bayern Munich's midfielder Serge Gnabry and Manchester's Belgian midfielder Andreas Pereira vie for the ball during the pre-season friendly football match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester United at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany on August 5, 2018.
(L-R) Manchester’s Brazilian Fred, Bayern Munich’s midfielder Serge Gnabry and Manchester’s Belgian midfielder Andreas Pereira vie for the ball during the pre-season friendly football match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester United at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany on August 5, 2018.
(Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)


Niko Kovac will be pleased by his team’s performance in this match. With three weeks left before Bayern start the Bundesliga, they absolutely dominated United on the day leaving the English club with nothing to show for their trip to Munich.

85’- Robben scores a deft finish from a Boateng ball into the box, but he is correctly penalized for offside. It was a fantastic finish though.

80’- Both teams have basically made their full complement of substitutes in this one at this point. Maybe we’ll see a few more in these final moments.

70’- Water Break. United has brought on most of their kids now and looks a bit more threatening in their ability to pressure Bayern. Rudy, in full superhero mask to protect his broken nose, has come on for Kimmich.

60’- GOAL BAYERN! Martinez gets on the end of a corner kick from Thiago to give Bayern a well deserved 1-0 lead! Rafinha and Coman come on for Thiago and Gnabry.

55’- Bayern are on the front foot still to start the second half. With the start of the Bundesliga still three weeks away, this is wonderful news for Bayern. United haven’t offered much through the entirety of the game. Bernat has come on for Alaba.

46’- Boateng, Goretzka, and Lewandowski have come on at halftime.

HALFTIME: Bayern Munich 0-0 Manchester United

The match has been mostly dominated by Bayern at halftime with United offering very little in attack. All of English team’s best attacks have gone through long balls from De Gea or their defense trying to spring Rashford. However, Hummels has been up to the challenge every time thus far.

It will be interesting to see if Lewandowski starts the second half. A true center forward in the match, could free things up for the wingers.

40’- Süle brings a great save out of De Gea after his shot deflects off of two different United players on it’s path to goal. It definitely appears that, if a goal is coming before halftime, it’s going to be Bayern that scores it.

35’- Bayern have been threatening United’s goal over the last five minutes. With the majority of United’s squad sitting very deep when Bayern are in possession, the Bavarians are taking their time trying to find the precise pass to unlock the defense. Perhaps, a shot from distance is in the cards to open this up.

30’- WATER BREAK! The fans are going wild every few minutes, and we finally figured out why. It looks like they gave out big paper programs of some sort before the match, and the fans have been turning them into paper airplanes. Those airplanes have been finding their way onto the field.

25’- There’s really not a lot to write about, unfortunately. Man United aren’t really making much of an effort to attack Bayern. They’re very content to rely on super long balls and a prayer.

15’- There’s a lot of play between the two penalty boxes. Neither side has really find a breakthrough for a real challenge on either goal. Thiago did bring out a moderate save from De Gea, but nothing really to write home about so far.

1’- The match has kicked off in Munich!

The lineups for both team have been released.

The Allianz Arena looks AMAZING!

Bayern Munich will take the field against Manchester United for their first friendly back in Europe since completing the Audi Summer Tour of the United States. It’s two of the biggest clubs of the world. What more could you want? (Hint: a decent broadcast?)

Both teams were traversing the USA for the International Champions Cup even though they didn’t face each other. While Bayern spent the trip enjoying themselves and letting the younger talent take center stage, Man United (Jose Mourinho, in particular) whined and cried nearly the entire time about how he didn’t want to play anyone other than €100 million players.

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Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany

Time: 2:15 pm EST, 20:15 local

TV/streaming: Find Your Country

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