Manchester United took on major European rivals Bayern Munich at the magnificent Allianz Arena on Sunday night, in the final pre-season friendly of the summer. Catch up on the key talking points…
Marcus cut short his summer holiday to report for pre-season training and was among those who boarded the flight from Manchester Airport to Munich on Sunday morning. Everyone was excited to see him play for United again following the World Cup, particularly when he appeared in the famous no.10 shirt, which has most recently been worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney and Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Academy graduate had previously donned the numbers 39 and 19.
Mr Sanchez, our Chilean workhorse, led the team out in Germany as the latest player entrusted with the armband by Jose Mourinho. It had previously been handed to Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Eric Bailly and Ander Herrera during the tour of the USA. It will be interesting to see who leads the team at Old Trafford against Leicester City in the Premier League next Friday night.
Yes, this was only a friendly, but it was a rare opportunity to witness the world’s best goalkeepers on the pitch together. We last saw them as club football opponents during the 2014 Champions League quarter-final ties and both men have matured into genuine marvels of the game since then. David had the busier evening, making four shots during the 1-0 defeat to the Bundesliga champions.
Eric Bailly started the match alongside the returning Victor Lindelof and the pair looked solid during the first half, but our Ivory Coast international unfortunately picked up a suspected injury at the start of the second period and he is presumably now a doubt for the Premier League opener next Friday.
Ander Herrera also walked straight down the tunnel after he was replaced by young James Garner late in the second half. It remains to be seen if the Spaniard has a problem, or whether it is not serious.
The Allianz Arena was dominated by Bayern supporters, obviously, yet our travelling Reds in the away end remained vocal and could be heard throughout. That was especially true after Javi Martinez’s second-half goal, when chants of ‘Stand up for the Busby Babes’ rang out in reference to the 1958 Munich Air Disaster. It goes without saying that this German city will forever be linked to our club.