WATCH LIVE : Bayern Munich VS Man United (Champions League)
Bayern Munich start their 16th consecutive season, in the UEFA Champions League with a tricky home game against Manchester United on Wednesday evening. This will be their 283rd UCL match overall, with only Real Madrid (304 before this week) having played more in the competition.
The record German champions made, it to the quarter-finals of the UCL last season, before being dumped out by eventual winners Manchester City over two legs (4-1 on aggregate).
United return to UEFA Champions League action, after a season in the UEFA Europa League in 2022-23. Their last UCL campaign in 2021-22, saw them knocked out in the last 16 by Atlético Madrid.
Both sides should be hopeful of progressing, from Group A having been drawn with Turkish champions Galatasaray and Danish side FC København. Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag will hope to replicate his performance, as coach of Ajax in 2021-22, when he guided them to six wins in six group stage games with an aggregate score of 20-5.
Bayern Munich vs Manchester United Head-to-Head
This will be the 12th competitive meeting between, Bayern Munich and Manchester United all of the previous 11 have also, come in the UEFA Champions League. Five of those were with Bayern as the home side, a fixture the Germans have never lost (W3 D2).
Overall, Man Utd have only lost more UCL games versus Barcelona (five) than they have suffered against Bayern (four), although they’ll have fond memories of the 1999 UCL final in Barcelona, which the English side won 2-1 with two last-gasp goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
The last meeting between these sides, came in the Champions League quarter-finals back in 2013-14. After a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the first leg, during which Bastian Schweinsteiger scored an equaliser before being sent off in stoppage time, Bayern won the second leg at the Allianz Arena 3-1. Mario Mandžukić, Thomas Müller and Arjen Robben scored their goals, to cancel out Patrice Evra’s opener.
European action might prove, to be welcome respite for Manchester United after suffering as many as three defeats, in their first five games of a league campaign for the first time since, 1989-90 under Sir Alex Ferguson. Losses to Tottenham, Arsenal and Brighton have overshadowed their unconvincing one-goal wins over Wolves and Nottingham Forest at home.
United haven’t lost as many as four, of their first six competitive matches of a season since, 1986-87 under Ron Atkinson, who was sacked 17 games into the season and replaced by Ferguson.
Bayern Munich come into this game after Friday’s, entertaining 2-2 home draw with Bayer Leverkusen, the only team to be ranked above them in the Bundesliga table after four matchweeks, with Bayern second on goal difference.
England captain Harry Kane has scored four goals, in his first four league matches at Bayern following his move from Spurs this summer. Kane has been directly involved in seven goals, in his last 10 appearances against Man Utd (four goals and three assists), although he’s not ended on the winning side in any of his last five games against them, losing four of those (D1).
Bayern are unbeaten in their last 34, Champions League group stage games (W31 D3), winning the last 13 in a row. Both are the longest such runs in the history of the competition’s group stage. They have also scored in 40 successive home games at this stage of the UCL, since a 2-0 defeat to Ligue 1 club Bordeaux in November 2009.
BAYERN MUNICH LINEUP
Ulreich, Laimer, Upamecano, Kim Min-Jae, Davies, Kimmich, Goretzka, Sane, Müller, Gnabry, Kane
MANCHESTER UNITED LINEUP
Onana, Dalot, Lindelof, Martinez, Reguilon, Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes, Pellistri, Hojlund, Rashford
In the current format of the Champions League (since 2003-04), Bayern have progressed to the knockout rounds in all 19 of their appearances in the competition. They last fell at the first hurdle in 2002-03.
The Red Devils have been eliminated, from the group stages of the Champions League, in two of their six campaigns since Ferguson retired in 2013 (33%), having gone out at the first-round in just three of their 18 campaigns under the Scot (17%).