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Match awards for Bayern Munich’s win over Manchester United

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Which players stood out in Bayern Munich’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United in Sunday’s friendly?

MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 05: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen looks on during the friendly match between Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on August 5, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 05: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen looks on during the friendly match between Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on August 5, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
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Jersey Swap: David De Gea

This wasn’t a very difficult decision. De Gea had to make a couple of nice saves to keep Bayern off the scoreboard. Otherwise, this game could’ve been more lopsided. No other United player offered very much going forward or in defense. They should be greatly concerned with only a few days left before they start the English Premier League season.

Tip of the Cap: Serge Gnabry

There are few things that have been more enjoyable thus far in the preseason than watching Gnabry get the burst of speed that leaves defenders eating dust. On multiple occasions against United, Gnabry would be facing defenders only to have them staring at the number on the back of his jersey a split second later. Once this team has more time to integrate with each other, Gnabry’s speed is going to be a dangerous weapon that few, if any, teams are going to be able to compensate for.

Golf Clap: Javi Martinez

He got the goal on the day, but Javi was solid throughout the match for Bayern. Martinez went the full 90 minutes and, for the most part, allowed Thiago Alcantara and Leon Goretzka run wild over the midfield while they were in the match. I’ve personally been critical of Martinez over the last year, as I’m not convinced he can keep up with the speed of play against Europe’s best any longer. However, for at least 90 minutes against a club of United’s current stature, Martinez did a great job.

Standing Ovation: Mats Hummels

Hummels was excellent for 45 minutes as the player responsible for tracking down Marcus Rashford. United’s game plan for the entirety of the first half was for either De Gea or the United defenders to kick the ball as far down the field as humanly possible and hope that Rashford would beat Hummels in a footrace. It never worked. Hummels was terrific on the day and remains the one name etched in the centerback position for Bayern.

Meister of the Match: Arjen Robben

Let me paint the scene: It’s the 80th minute of a summer friendly in weather hot enough that the referee allowed for a water break in each half. There are teenagers on the field for United. After running up and down the field at full speed for those 80 minutes, Robben is still beating those teenagers to ball after ball. It remains remarkable to witness Robben, at the age of 34, sprinting in the 80th minute of matches like he just came onto the field.

He was a threat all night for Bayern and scored a great goal that was (correctly) called back for offside. It’s a boon for Bayern if Robben can play at this level, because it means that the two starting winger positions will remain a battle throughout the season.