Bayern Munich edged what was eventually a seven-goal thriller against Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday night to take the early initiative in Group A.
Leroy Sane was gifted the first half opener through an Andre Onana mistake, before Serge Gnabry doubled the Bayern lead. Rasmus Hojlund scored his first United goal early in the second, but Harry Kane’s fifth for Bayern looked to have sealed the result in the home side’s favour.
Casemiro looked to have sparked a late fightback when he made it 3-2 from close range, only for substitute Mathys Tel to restore the two-goal cushion for Bayern. Casemiro then netted again very late on to pull it back to 4-3, which arguably flattered United, but there was no more time.
With Bayern surprisingly failing to find their rhythm in the early stages, the first chance fell to the visitors within the first few minutes when Christian Eriksen drew a good save from Sven Ulreich. The Dane had created the opening by supplying an initial chance to Facundo Pellistri. Marcus Rashford was also denied by the Bayern goalkeeper with his low shot from a narrow angle on the left.
Bayern began to threaten a little more after the midway point of the first half, although the opening goal from Sane still came relatively out of the blue. It was a quick exchange with Kane and a low snap shot from the German winger on the edge of the box, but it was a poor error from Onana to let it slip through his grasp when it should have been a straightforward save.
United, having been the better side to begin with, couldn’t reset and it was only moments later when Gnabry doubled the German advantage. The goal was the product of Jamal Musiala leaving Diogo Dalot for dead on Bayern’s left, cutting inside withRead on 90min.com