Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag will look ahead to his side’s Champions League group stage opener with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena this evening.
The United manager, who watched his side slump to a 3-1 home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday, is scheduled to speak to the media at 6:45pm BST to preview tomorrow night’s encounter. United are back in the Champions League after a one-year absence.
The Reds participated in the Europa League last season after finishing sixth in the Premier League in 2021/22. Now they are back at Europe’s top table they will be determined to compete with the continent’s biggest clubs.
However, the Reds will head into tomorrow night’s highly anticipated showdown with Thomas Tuchel’s side as the underdogs. They have experienced an underwhelming start to the season, winning just two of their first five matches, losing three.
A 23-man squad trained at the club’s Carrington training base earlier today ahead of flying out to Germany. Kick-off in Munich tomorrow evening is at 8pm BST.
This evening, Ten Hag will address the media to look ahead to the game and provide an update on the latest injury news.
Follow the live blog below for everything that the United manager has to say:
Ten minutes to go
United manager Erik ten Hag is scheduled to start speaking to the media in ten minutes time.
He is poised to be joined by goalkeeper Andre Onana, who will also answer questions from the media.
United’s last five meetings with Bayern
United will face Bayern Munich in a competitive fixture for the first time in nine years tomorrow evening, last facing each other back in April 2014.
With that said, here is a reminder of the last five results between the two sides:
- 9/4/2014: Bayern 3-1 United – Allianz Arena – Champions League quarter-final second leg
- 1/4/2014: United 1-1 Bayern – Old Trafford – Champions League quarter-final first leg
- 7/4/2010: United 3-2 Bayern – Old Trafford – Champions League quarter-final second leg
- 30/3/2010: Bayern 2-1 United – Allianz Arena – Champions League quarter-final first leg
- 13/3/2002: United 0-0 Bayern – Old Trafford – Champions League group stage
A sight to behold
Our chief United reporter, Samuel Luckhurst, is already in Munich ahead of tomorrow night’s Champions League clash against Bayern.
The Allianz Arena, which will host one of the two Euro 2024 semi-finals next summer, is a stadium steeped in history and tradition.
United supporters express concerns ahead of Bayern clash
Following official confirmation of United’s 21-man squad for tomorrow night’s clash with Bayern Munich, Reds supporters have expressed fears about what could possibly happen against the German outfit.
United’s squad is currently awash with injury problems, with Harry Maguire the latest name to be added to the injury list.
The Reds will travel to Munich as firm underdogs, so much so that some supporters fear Bayern could inflict a heavy defeat on Erik ten Hag’s side.
Tuchel sympathises with Ten Hag
Ahead of going head-to-head at the Allianz Arena tomorrow night, Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he sympathises with United manager Erik ten Hag over the constant scrutiny a club of United’s size finds itself under.
Tuchel, like Ten Hag, is in charge of the biggest teams in world, where Bayern, like United, dominate the news cycle.
United’s Champions League schedule in full
United will kick-off their Champions League group stage campaign against Bayern Munich tomorrow evening in what is arguably the standout fixture of matchday one.
United were drawn into Group A when the draw was made, being joined by Bayern, Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen.
Here are their Group A fixtures in full:
- Bayern Munich (A) – September 20
- Galatasaray (H) – October 3
- FC Copenhagen (H) – October 24
- FC Copenhagen (A) – November 8
- Galatasaray (A) – November 29
- Bayern Munich (H) – December 12
Kane addresses United transfer interest
Bayern Munich striker Harry Kane has confirmed that he held talks with a number of different clubs before joining the German club in the summer transfer window.
United installed Kane as their top striker target, but were forced to switch their focus to elsewhere after it became clear that Tottenham Hotspur – Kane’s former club – would not entertain the idea of selling him to a direct rival.
Travelling squad confirmed
United have announced their 21-man travelling squad for tomorrow night’s clash with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Despite featuring in training this morning, both Raphael Varane and Mason Mount, who have been sidelined through injury recently, have not made the cut. Harry Maguire has also been added to the injury list.
Summer signing Sofyan Amrabat, who joined the club on loan on deadline day, has also failed to make the cut.
Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome along to our live coverage of Erik ten Hag’s pre-Bayern Munich press conference.
The United manager is scheduled to address the media in Germany at 6:45pm BST this evening. We will bring you everything that he has to say in this dedicated blog.
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