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Manchester United faces must-win clash against Bayern Munich amid Champions League peril

Posted : 11 December 2023

Manchester United faces a precarious situation in the Champions League as they host Bayern Munich at Old Trafford, with manager Erik ten Hag under increasing scrutiny after a recent 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth intensified the challenges of their troubled season.


Despite a recent win against Chelsea, United's inconsistency in the Premier League, marked by seven defeats in 16 games, has created an urgent need for success in the Champions League. The team currently sits sixth in the league and must secure a victory against Bayern to have any chance of progressing to the last 16, depending on the outcome of other group matches.


United's Champions League campaign has been marred by defensive frailty, conceding a record-breaking 14 goals in five group games. This contrasts sharply with their struggles to score goals in the Premier League, with no forward finding the net at home so far this season.


The drop in form of key player Marcus Rashford, who scored 30 goals last season but has only managed two this season, has contributed to the team's struggles. Despite dropping Rashford for the last two games, his replacements, including Alejandro Garnacho and Antony, have failed to consistently shine.


Bayern Munich, already assured of a place in the last 16 as group winners, aims to recover from a surprising 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt. United captain Bruno Fernandes acknowledges the challenging task ahead and emphasizes the team's need to win while hoping for favorable results in other group matches. The match against Bayern is pivotal for United's Champions League ambitions and adds pressure to Erik ten Hag to address the team's inconsistencies and secure a positive outcome.


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