MANCHESTER UNITED fell to defeat on opening night of their Champions League campaign against Bayern Munich.
The Red Devils started the match well but went behind after a huge howler from Andre Onana.
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PAAndre Onana dropped a howler to gift Bayern Munich the lead[/caption]
GettyErik ten Hag’s side have a clear defensive issues[/caption]
Rasmus Hojlund gave United some hope with his scruffy effort shortly after the interval.
Casemiro gave United late hope with two goals but saw them sandwich Mathys Tel’s explosive fourth for Bayern.
Fortunately, it is only night one and this is arguably the most difficult fixture in the group. Here’s how SunSport rated the Red Devils performance.
Andre Onana – 4
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Showed some strong passing throughout and made some fine saves later on in the match. United fans will be hoping the error was a blip.
Diogo Dalot – 5
Skipped past too easily by Musiala before Serge Gnabry grabbed Bayern’s second of the evening.
Poor defensive display from the Portuguese and marginally better going forward.
Victor Lindelof – 5
Like Martinez was not directly at fault for the goals and looked assured on the ball.
Lost Tel for the Bayern forward’s injury time scorcher.
Lisandro Martinez – 5
Lack of stability in defence clearly impacting the ability to keep clean sheets despite United now being more assured on the ball playing out.
Sergio Reguilon – 3
GettyLeroy Sane had him on toast for most of the match[/caption]
Made some dangerous runs behind the Bayern defence and flashed a dangerous ball across goal in the first half after combining with Casemiro, but found no one able to reach the ball for the tap-in.
Too often lacked the quality to be a credible threat and badly struggled up against Sane.
Casemiro – 5
Unable to stamp his authority on the midfield battle with United once again cut through far too easily.
Pulled a late goal back after some scrappy play by poking the ball into the bottom corner when on the floor before nodding home another late consolation.
Christian Eriksen – 4
Should have scored early on when presented with a glorious chance but fired his shot low and saw it saved by Sven Ulreich.
Gave away a soft penalty early in the second half. Subbed for McTominay at 69mins.
Bruno Fernandes – 5
GettyBagged an assist at the end but Bruno Fernandes was otherwise a passenger for the most part[/caption]
Far from his best throughout. Failed to create anything noteworthy and was a passenger in many defensive phases.
It was not until he dropped deeper in the match that he contributed to the defensive phase in a better way. Wicked free-kick for United’s third of the evening.
Facundo Pellistri – 4
Seemed to be overawed by the occasion.
On a night Ten Hag declared Alphonso Davies was not a great defender, Pellistri may have been thinking the exact opposite.
Marcus Rashford – 6
Bright in moments but lacked support in the final third.
His cut-back tactic continued to create chances but a lack of clinical finishing punished United when chances did present themselves.
Rasmus Hojlund – 6
GettyRasmus Hojlund bagged himself a goal but struggled to link up with team-mates[/caption]
Struggled to link-up with team-mates in the first half before netting a scrappy goal on his Man Utd Champions League debut.
Will have better nights in a United shirt but his desire to try and effect the game was good to see.
McTominay (On for Eriksen 69mins) – 5
Came on to throw some additional muscle into midfield.
Garnacho (On for Pellistri 81mins) – 5
Added some pace to the wing but energy came too little too late.
Martial (On for Hojlund 81mins) – 6
Got an assist for United’s second after coming on and was crucial in the build up for the goal.