As pressure continues to mount on Dutch head coach, Erik ten Hag amid a stalling Manchester United start to this season’s campaign, the Red Devils have drifted even further out in terms of a potential UEFA Champions League win for the first time since 2009, following last night’s 3-4 loss away to Bayern Munich in Germany.
United, who kicked off their European campaign off the back of a hugely disappointing 3-1 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion over the course of last weekend, were put to the sword by Bundesliga champions, Bayern at the Allianz Arena last night in Munich, slumping to a third consecutive loss in all competitions.
Finding themselves down 2-0 inside the opening half an hour despite a relatively bright start, United were forced to claw back after former Manchester City wideman, Leroy Sane found a way under the body of Andre Onana with his effort, opening the scoring.
Latching onto a quickfire double after fantastic work from Jamal Musiala, former Arsenal forward, Serge Gnabry converted inside the box just five minutes later, slotting into Onana’s far corner.
Inside the opening minutes of the second half, ten Hag’s side began what looked to be spirited comeback, with Marcus Rashford teeing up Rasmus Hojlund inside the area, who slotted past Sven Ulrich on the turn – with the help of a deflection.
However, moments later, Harry Kane converted from a the spot to make it 3-1 to Bayern, with Christian Eriksen handlining in the area.
And despite a late brace from Brazilian midfielder, Casemiro either side of a cool finish from French youngster, Mathias Tel inside the box – United ultimately slumped to a 4-3 loss to Thomas Tuchel’s side.
As a result, you can find online a host of markets offering United as far out as 33/1 to progress from a group containing both Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen, and win the entire UEFA Champions League outright.
Set for a trip to newly-promoted Burnley on Saturday evening, Manchester United will need to bag all three points at Turf Moor in order to relieve pressure on former Ajax boss, ten Hag – who according to reports, will receive backing from the United hierarchy, despite a poor opening start to the season.
A sore issue which appears to be rising for United players and staff alike continues to come in the uncertainty regarding a potential takeover of the club from either Qatari-backed ownership, or Ineos header, Sir Jim Ratcliffe – as part of a saga which has rumbled along all summer to no conclusion.
Furthermore, ongoing personal issues with Brazilian winger, Antony, as well as disciplinary proceedings taken against faltering English attacker, Jadon Sancho, has left a cloud hanging over a barebones right wing for ten Hag – who elected to pick Facundo Pellistri to no significant effect against Munich last night.
And ahead of United’s trip to Turf Moor on Saturday, fans have called for ten Hag to utilize a double-pivot in midfield consisting of Casemiro and summer acqusition, Sofyan Amrabat – with the Moroccan so far sidelined through a niggling injury since his loan arrival from Serie A side, Fiorentina, as fortunes look to change for the Old Trafford club.