Harry Kane Leads Bayern Munich to Victory Against Struggling Manchester United in Thrilling Champions League Opener.
Manchester United was reminded of missed opportunities as they faced a determined Bayern Munich in a high-scoring and eventful Champions League opener under the management of Erik ten Hag.
While it was no secret that Manchester United had pursued Harry Kane from Tottenham during the summer transfer window, the English captain and record goalscorer opted for a move to Germany, where he has made a stellar start to his career.
At the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, the 30-year-old not only provided an assist but also converted a penalty after a VAR review found Christian Eriksen had handled the ball in the box. Kane’s goal took his tally for the season to five in five games across all competitions.
Kane’s timely strike followed Rasmus Hojland’s first-ever goal for Manchester United, briefly rekindling hope for the struggling side early in the second half.
Prior to that, goalkeeper Andre Onana’s shocking error allowed Leroy Sane to score in the 28th minute, undoing Manchester United’s disciplined start. Just four minutes later, Serge Gnabry added to the lead with a precise shot into the far corner.
To their credit, Manchester United showed resilience, attempting to turn the match into a contest. However, their current vulnerabilities and a lack of bench options due to numerous injuries hindered their ability to compete.
Casemiro’s determined effort resulted in a second goal for Manchester United, offering a glimmer of hope. But Mathys Tel extinguished that hope by scoring Bayern’s fourth goal in added time.
Manchester United continued to fight, with Casemiro heading home a free-kick from Bruno Fernandes in the dying moments of the game. However, it was too late to change the outcome. While the opening-game loss against the six-time European champions won’t define their campaign, they will need a strong response to regain focus and confidence, especially with more winnable matches against FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray in the group.”