The Red Devils, who were beaten once again in the Premier League on Saturday by Brighton (1-3) at home, travel to Munich to face Bayern on Wednesday evening in the Champions League.
The sky above Old Trafford is very gray and could soon turn black. The Mancunians are worried hours before they face Bayern Munich in their first Champions League group match. Following the lessons learned at home against Brighton on Saturday (1-3), Manchester United are in a sad thirteenth place in the standings, following their third defeat in five Premier League matches. Apart from the average results, the game proposed by Eric ten Hag’s team is not there.
The wins against Wolverhampton and Nottingham Forest on the first and third days of the Premier League are indeed the tree that hides the forest. Man United have played against much inferior teams twice, but have been unable to hold their own against clubs that have qualified for the European Cup.
Beaten on Saturday by Tottenham (2-0), Arsenal (3-1) and Brighton in the Premier League, where they trailed 3-0 at Old Trafford, the Red Devils cannot do the same against the “big guys”. Concern before facing the Munich monster on Wednesday evening, favorites of Group A where Galatasaray and Copenhagen will do everything to qualify and thwart the predictions.
Last season had a good ending, with Ten Hag’s “claw” starting to take hold at Old Trafford, but this season the Red Devils seem to be suffering from fever, especially psychologically. The Mancunians indeed lost against Brighton, unable to compete in the game against De Zerbi’s team, as was the case against Arsenal where United collapsed in the final minutes. The Mancunian team also looked completely defeated against Tottenham.
Lack of confidence and a barrage of injuries
United look poor, especially in attack. Like the form status of the team’s star striker Marcus Rashford. Last season, the Englishman finished the season as the club’s top scorer with 23 goals in 44 matches in all competitions, including an exceptional second half of the season following the World Cup in Qatar. The England international has faced more difficulties this season and has struggled to find great form. The Mancunian has found the net only once since the restart of the Premier League.
Apart from the actions of their number 10, Manchester United appear to be unable to be dangerous. Frenchman Anthony Martial no longer has the level to withstand the Mancunian attack, with young 20-year-old Dane Rasmus Hjolund, who arrived in Manchester this summer, yet to find his feet. Another young English striker, Jadon Sancho, was dropped from the team due to open conflict with his coach Eric ten Hag. Ultimately, Brazilian right wing Antoni was suspended by his club after allegations of domestic violence by his former teammate. Team officials like Casemiro or captain Bruno Fernandes are also not at their best.
What’s more, the Manchester United hospital is at capacity. Defender Luke Shaw, one of the pillars of the team, has been injured for a long time. Two other defenders are unavailable, left-back Tyrell Malasia, as well as right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was injured against Brighton on Saturday. Sofiane Amrabat, who arrived on loan from Fiorentina at the end of August, is a doubt to face Bayern on Wednesday evening. The Moroccan midfielder trained away from the group on Tuesday, the English club said in a press release. Amrabat had already given up his selection during the last rally “flesh wound” Which was not specified.
The Red Devils will still be able to count on the return of former France defender Raphael Varane and English midfielder Mason Mount, another key player in this summer transfer window.
Facing Bayern Munich on Wednesday, the Mancunians will have a player they know well, Harry Kane. The former Tottenham striker, who arrived in Germany this summer, author of 213 goals in the Premier League and 4 goals with the Bavarians since the beginning of the season, will try to plunge Manchester United a little more into doubt and despair.
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