Bayern Munich 4 Manchester United 3
ON the day that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer laid bare the extent of the rank dysfunction that marred his reign as Manchester United manager, his successor Erik ten Hag saw his own stuttering campaign lurch further into disaster.
A nightmare mistake by United goalkeeper Andre Onana was the turning point on the night at the Allianz Arena but his team’s problems extend way beyond a keeper that is one of many summer arrivals who remain, at best, questionable pieces of transfer business.
Casemiro’s 89th minute goal, scored expertly from the ground after he had stumbled onto an Anthony Martial touch, gave the scoreline a flattering look.
That point was underscored in the 92nd minute when Bayern substitute Mathys Tel chased onto Joshua Kimmich’s lobbed pass and scored the game’s final goal from six yards.
And, although Casemiro responded again, two minutes after that, with his second goal of the night when he flicked in a Bruno Fernandes free-kick, United were beaten far more easily than that scoreline suggested.
How ironic that Solskjaer, the man responsible for arguably the greatest moment in United history with the winner against Bayern in the 1999 Champions League Final, should break his silence on the day his beloved Reds were handed a harsh lesson by the German giants.
Solskjaer spoke of the wretched ownership of the Glazers undermining his transfer aims and the disaster that was Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.
But, nearly two years on from his sacking, the Champions League tie that followed Solskjaer’s interview was just another in a long list of reverses - four in the last five games now for the Reds - that are leaving ten Hag under increasing pressure.
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