Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester United Live Score Commentary Friendly Allianz Arena 2018

Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester United Live Score Commentary Friendly Allianz Arena 2018

Matthew Brown
Bayern MunichNeuer; Kimmich (Rudy, min.75), Hummels (Boateng, min.46) Sule, Alaba (Bernat, min.56); Thiago (Rafinha, min.63), Martinez; Robben, Gnabry (Coman, min.63), Ribery (Goretzka); Muller (Lewandowski, min.46).
Manchester UnitedDe Gea (Grant, min.78); Darmian (Fosu-Mensah, min.65), Bailly (Smalling, min.51), Lindelof (Tuanzebe, min.82), Shaw (Mitchell, min.78); Fred (Chong, min.78), Herrera (Garner, min.82), Andreas; Mata (Jones, min.65), Sanchez, Rashford (McTominay, min.65).
SCORE1-0, min.59, Martinez.
REFEREEBooked Boateng, (min.69).
INCIDENTSManchester United's final pre-season friendly of the summer was played at Bayern's home, the Allianz Arena.
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From a Manchester United perspective, there will be two schools of thought following tonight's game, and while we can expect Jose Mourinho to take up the second, the vast majority will probably side with the first...

United, ultimately, did not look like scoring right throughout the game. It's difficult to remember the visitors having an attempt towards goal this evening, never mind one on target. Yes, this is a pre-season friendly and yes, it's against a top side, but United should be ahead of their opponents in terms of preparation for the new season with the league campaign starting on Friday, but that did not look to be the case at all. Whether Bayern are a difficult side to break down or not was not even tested by United with their lack of attacking play, and that's a worry, because the visit of Leicester City to Old Trafford on Friday will be a different type of game, and that's without considering the fact it will be a competitive game - Mourinho's team will actually have to try to take the initiative to score a goal when the Foxes come to Manchester, and they certainly didn't do that this evening.

On the other hand, some might look at this as a very decent exercise for the Red Devils. Bayern played a strong side and while they were not quite in full flow, the number of substitutions they made ultimately meant that most of the hosts' legs were pretty fresh for much of the contest, and that can only be a good thing for United's preparation from a defensive point of view. For all their dominance and possession, and a handful of openings, Bayern ultimately broke United down with a set piece goal and while that's not something to be pleased about - Mourinho will want work on that, for sure - it says something for the team's defensive shape. Bayern weren't allowed through on too many occasions. There were decent displays from Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly, who was forced off early in the first half, as well as Tim Fosu-Mensah for the final 20 minutes or so. It could be said that this was as much of a training session for United as it was Bayern; a lot of running, a lot of concentration required and ultimately, decent defensive preparation for when United will undoubtedly deploy their low block style against high quality opposition in the season ahead.

It's all over at the Allianz and it's a thoroughly deserved win for Bayern Munich after Javi Martinez headed in the decisive goal of the game just before the hour mark. The hosts were absolutely dominant throughout and will undoubtedly be the happier of the two sides, regardless of the scoreline, following the conclusion of tonight's friendly. Bayern gave minutes to a number of their players and this looked no more than a training session for much of the game, and that will be valuable preparation for Niko Kovac's men, who do not kick-off their Bundesliga campaign for another three weeks. All in all, a good night for the hosts, their only disappointment might be that they only won by one goal this evening. Ultimately, it's just a friendly, though, and that isn't especially important at this stage.

Full-time, Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester United. (Martinez, 59)

87' At long last, Bayern have it in the net again - but it's offside. It's an angled cross over United's backline and Robben finds himself in acres of space rushing onto it. It's a very clever, first time finish from the Dutchman with his right foot, and it's on the volley. It would've been a fine goal but ultimately it counts for nothing, Bayern still lead 1-0.

84' Bayern should be two up. Rafinha gets right down the right flank then makes his way inside and pulls it across from just outside the six yard box. Goretzka should score, but he doesn't connect with the cross at all and United survive.

82' Some more United changes; 17-year-old James Garner is replacing Ander Herrera and Axel Tuanzebe takes up Victor Lindelof's centre-back role for the final moments.

81' Very nearly a very fine second goal from Bayern. Lee Grant would've had no chance as Coman raced down the left and pulled it back for Rudy, whose well-struck left footed drive found the left-hand side netting.

78' Another triple change for United, De Gea, probably the side's best player this  evening, having made some fine saves, goes off to a warm applause from all quarters of the Allianz Arena and is replaced by Lee Grant. The other two changes see academy products Tahith Chong and Demi Mitchell introduced as Luke Shaw and Fred leave the field.

77' Although not the most exciting in attack this evening, United have looked pretty steady at the back and substitute Fosu-Mensah has certainly been that since his arrival ten minutes ago. He's made some terrific challenges in his right-back role since coming on.

75' Bayern have made another change in the last few moments, Kimmich making way Sebastian Rudy. It very much looks like the 1-0 scoreline will remain as it is with 15 minutes remaining, although United have scored in all of their five pre-season friendlies thus far this summer - can get maintain that trend here?

69' Yellow card  for Boateng, who makes a cynical challenge on a McTominay in full flow on the halfway line. Another water break is immiment...

68' Bayern in total control here and while United may be behind, the hosts look more likely to score here than the visitors. The lack of attacking threat from the first-half has not changed at all, unfortunately.

65' Tim Fosu-Mensah, Phil Jones and Scott McTominay have come on for United, replacing Matteo Darmian, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford.

63' Bayern make a couple more changes, with Gnabry and Thiago replaced by Kingsley Coman and Rafinha. United, meanwhile, are preparing a triple change...

59' Goal! Bayern Munich take the lead and it's Javi Martinez with the goal. It's a corner in from the left and Spaniard nods it home. The hosts lead 1-0 and it has to be said, it's no less than they deserve.

56' Bayern make their fourth change and it's a straight swap at left-back, Alaba making way for Bernat.

52' Shaw breaks into the box and looks for Fred to his right with a quick right-footed pass, but it's ahead of the Brazilian. Better from United in attack.

51' The change is made, although Bailly did return to the field. Chris Smalling is on to replace him. Hopefully just a precaution...

49' Slightly concerning here for United with Bailly receiving treatment following a bit of a 50/50 challenge with Gnabry, although there looked to be not much in it.

Bailly has walked off and though changes may be inevitable in this game, Mourinho will be hoping he wont be forced into one here.

46' We're back underway for the second-half and immediately Gnabry bursts right through the centre, a superb run into the box, but his shot is tame and comfortable for De Gea.

Bayern have made a few half-time changes; Lewandowski, Goretzka and Boateng replacing Hummels, Ribery and Muller.

Half-time. It's all square at the break with the deadlock yet to be broken. Bayern the dominant side with a couple of opportunities, Thiago and Gnabry having the best of those inside the first 20 minutes, with shots which were well dealt with by De Gea. From a United perspective, there's been little offered from them going forward, although the humid conditions have probably played their part in that, and against a side of such quality, Mourinho may not be too concerned by that all the same. Bailly and Lindelof have looked a decent partnership thus far but there have been few obvious observations to make from an attacking point of view.

42' Let off for the visitors, Ribery getting a chance at the back post but completely miskicking his shot. Moments later and Bayern have a corner, the Frenchman taking it, but it's a commanding punch clear by De Gea.

39' Slight opportunity for United, a real rarity in this first half. Shaw plays a quick ball towards Mata, aiming to find the Spaniard's run central into the box, but he's comfortably nudged off the ball.

Up the other end and Sule takes a long range strike, which initally looked as though it wouldn't be problematic for De Gea, but deflections off Fred and Herrera, each diverting it into completely different paths, makes it a decent stop from the Spaniard.

37' A bit of a scramble in the United area sees a couple of Bayern shots blocked before it rolls into Martinez' path outside the area, who curls high and wide of De Gea's goal. 

Such is the height in Munich, both sides have had a water break on the half hour to restore some energy levels.

30' Ribery gets a half chance with snapshot just outside the box but it's blocked before it has chance to trouble De Gea. Bayern are the side in the ascendancy here, although there have been few clear opportunities for them and virtually none for United.

23' Robben and Kimmich are combining really well down Bayern's right at the moment, the overlap leading to a couple of corners in the last few moments. Those deliveries have failed to trouble the visitors, though.

18' Gnabry bursts through United's midfield and very nearly the defence too, unleashing a shot at De Gea from just inside the box which the Spaniard is again equal to.

15' A quarter of an hour gone and it remains goalless at the Allianz. Bayern have dominated possession thus far and United have at times been forced into a low block to contain the hosts and their patient passing style. Thiago has had the only chance of note, forcing a save from De Gea with a first time effort from the edge of the box, although it was at a decent height for the Spanish stopper to palm away.

12' In squad number news, Marcus Rashford is Manchester United's new number ten. The Red Devils' former number 19 takes the shirt number, which had been vacant since Zlatan Ibrahimovic's departure in March, and was worn by Wayne Rooney for almost a decade before then.

6' The first shot of the game draws a fine stop from David de Gea. It came from a pull back to the edge of the box from the right byline, first dummied by Gnabry with Thiago then sending a first time shot towards goal, which was well parried by De Gea, although the strike was fairly central.

2' Alaba plays a clever ball down the line and Ribery would've had the ball in a great area with plenty of space on the flan, after Darmian stretched but failed to get a foot on the Austrian's pass. Fortunately for the visitors, Bailly showed great  strength to nudge Ribery  off the ball and earn United a goal kick.

1' Bayern kick-off at the Allianz and the game is underway!

The Allianz isn't quite full, but this is a very decent crowd for a pre-season friendly.

The action gets underway in just a few minutes' time!

Other talking points from the United side will be who starts centrally; Marcus Rashford or Alexis Sanchez, with both comfortable on the left flank. Meanwhile, Andreas Pereira's impressive pre-season campaign earns him a starting place in what is a very strong Reds line-up. Could the Brazilian-born midfielder be the man Mourinho is looking to as the replacement for Nemanja Matic, with the Serbian midfielder out injured?

United's side looks to be a 4-3-3 formation and fans already seem encouraged by the prospect of seeing Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly at the heart of the defence. Although they are the two centre-backs that have been signed by Jose Mourinho during his time as manager, the duo have rarely played alongside one another.

An interest dynamic in the making here. Bayern's side is notoriously made up of the best German players and with Joachim Low's national side having done so poorly in this summer's World Cup, plenty of the country's top international players will be on show this evening. Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Serge Gnabry and Thomas Muller are in the starting line-up while Jerome Boateng, Leon Goretzka and Sebastian Rudy all make the substitutes bench.

Bayern subs: Lewandowski, Rafinha, Bernat, Boateng, Goretzka, Rudy, Ulreich, Coman, Mai, Zylla, Frantzke, Hoffman.

United subs: Grant, Fosu-Mensah, Jones, Mitchell, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Garner, McTominay, Chong, Greenwood.

Bayern Munich XI: Neuer, Sule, Hummels, Thiago, Ribery, Martinez, Robben, Gnabry, Muller, Alaba.

The Manchester United team is in...

De Gea; Darmian, Lindelof, Bailly, Shaw, Andreas, Herrera, Fred; Mata, Rashford, Sanchez.

A very strong United line-up, could this be the side José Mourinho has in mind for Friday's Premier League opener against Leicester City?

Some good news for Mourinho comes in the shape of the return of Romelu Lukaku, Phil Jones, Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelof, all of whom have returned to training earlier than expected following their summer international duties with Belgium, England and Sweden respectively.

With that in mind, Mourinho may use the challenge of facing Bayern by looking to find the potential partner for Alderweireld, although no players looking a certainty to start against the Foxes nor Bayern. Antonio Valencia has had injury trouble at right-back during pre-season while Ashley Young, last season's first choice left-back, is another England star still recovering from his World Cup exploits in Russia.

All the focus between now and then will likely lie on United's defence, namely their targetted arrivals in that area. Reports over the weekend have suggested Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur could be close to joining the Old Trafford outfit, but before then the name of England's World Cup breakthrough star, Harry Maguire, had been strongly linked with United. He would have been unlikely to have featured for his club side on Friday, given how far England went in this summer's international tournament, but that's unlikely to prevent his name from reaching the headlines.

Mourinho, meanwhile, will lead out his side against 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City on Friday night and so this clash represents the final warm-up for the main event, the first match of the new English league season in just five days' time.

While this will be United's last game before the Premier League season begins, Bayern do have a perhaps slightly less important fixture next weekend, although silverware will be up for grabs in thier DFL Supercup clash against Eintracht Frankfurt. And new boss Niko Kovac, joining from the aforementioned Frankfurt with whom he won last season's DFB-Pokal, will go up against his former side as he aims to replace Jupp Heynckes. He may see both this game with United and that encounter next weekend as opportunities to fine tune his side ahead of the return of Bundesliga action in three weeks' time.

Jose Mourinho's Manchester United meanwhile, have seen their fortunes improve rather than the other way around, more like Bayern. The Red Devils were 2-1 winners against Real Madrid in their final match in the USA in their last game, Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera each finishing off fine moves inside the opening half hour for United's first pre-season win. That came after a heavy defeat by Liverpool and draws with AC MilanSan Jose Earthquakes and Club America.

Both teams go into tonight's game following a mixed bag of results in their respective International Champions Cup campaigns. The hosts have lost their last two matches, losing a two goal lead as Manchester City came from behind to beat them last Sunday, while Juventus were comfortable 2-0 winners over them three days prior.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live coverage of the pre-season friendly between European giants Bayern Munich and Manchester United. The two sides will go head to head on Sunday 5th August 2018 in a 7.15pm kick-off but we will have live updates before then, including team news one hour before kick-off and all the pre-match build-up.