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Club Friendly: Bayern Munich 1-0 Manchester United

No wonder Jose Mourinho is worried about the start of the new season. Four days to go until it kicks off at Old Trafford and he is still waiting for the real Manchester United to turn up.

This has been a strange, disjointed few weeks for Mourinho and his players, and it showed as they completed their pre-season on a muggy night in Munich.

On this evidence, whatever team United put out on Friday night will struggle to overcome Leicester never mind challenge Manchester City’s dominance of the Premier League.
BAYERN MUNICH (3-4-3): Neuer; Kimmich (Rudy 72), Sule, Hummels (Boateng 46), Alaba (Bernat 56); Martinez; Robben, Muller, Thiago (Rafinha 60), Ribery; Gnabry. Subs: Ulreich, Hoffmann, Lewandowski, Boateng, Goretzka, Coman, Mai, Zylla, Franzke.

Booked: Boateng

Scorer: Martinez 59

MAN UTD (4-3-3): De Gea (Grant 78); Darmian (Jones 65), Bailly (Smalling 51), Lindelof (Tuanzebe 78), Shaw (Mitchell 78); Herrera (Garner 81), Pereira, Fred (Chong 78); Mata (McTominay 65), Rashford (Fosu-Mensah 65), Sanchez.

Subs: Greenwood.

Referee: Robert Hartmann.

After City gave another demonstration of what they can do at Wembley, United looked every bit a team that is coming together in drips and drabs.

Marcus Rashford returned for more than an hour here, wearing the No.10 that has been vacant since Wayne Rooney left United, and Victor Lindelof also played for the first time since the World Cup.

But there was still no Paul Pogba, no Romelu Lukaku, no Jesse Lingard, no Ashley Young and no Marouane Fellaini.

Anthony Martial and Marcos Rojo were left at home when United flew to Germany, casting further doubt over their futures at Old Trafford, and Eric Bailly limped off early in the second half.

Whether Mourinho can do the deals he wants with four days left of the transfer window is another matter. A new centre-half remains the priority and he is banking on United chief Ed Woodward delivering one.

United were reported to have stepped up their interest in Harry Maguire with a £75million bid on Sunday night as Leicester continue to resist.

It’s understood that Jerome Boateng – a half-time substitute for Bayern here – is emerging as another strong possibility even though he would cost £50m and turns 30 next month.

Asked about Boateng before the game, Mourinho said: ‘My CEO knows what I want for quite a long time, I know he tries to do the best for me and I still have a few days to wait to see what happens.


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