Bayern Munich vs Man Utd preview ahead of Champions League clash

By on September 19, 2023


Bayern Munich and Manchester United face off in Group A of the UEFA Champions League group along with Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen.

The Red Devils’ journey in the Champions League commences this evening against an in-form Bayern Munich side which will be a stern test for the Red Devils.

United’s ambition this year is to progress far in the competition, following their disappointing exit in the previous group stages and an impressive but unconvincing campaign in the Europa League last season.

United will get the drums rolling against the Bundesliga champions who have not suffered defeat in their last five group-stage campaigns.

United have endured a tough spell in the Premier League, suffering three defeats in five games. Their most recent setback was a 3-1 loss at home to Brighton & Hove Albion after the international break. They now aim to bounce back in this encounter.

On the other hand, since their defeat in the DFL Super Cup final to RB Leipzig, Bayern have embarked on an unbeaten run in the Bundesliga. They’ve secured three wins in four games, with their last league fixture resulting in a 2-2 draw against Bayer Leverkusen who are in impeccable form.

In this particular match, one player will be under the spotlight more than any other: Harry Kane. The English captain and summer transfer arrival for Bayern Munich has been in sensational form for Bavarian giants netting four goals in his first four appearances for the club. However, Kane acknowledges that he’s still adapting to the team’s dynamics and believes there’s room for improvement in his overall performance.

The former Tottenham Hotspur striker said: “Of course I’m always happy to score, overall I’m still just getting to know the team, I think I can improve with my all-round play. That’s going to come – it’s just part and parcel of football. I feel with every training session and every game, I’m getting to know my teammates more. As the season goes on, that’ll become even stronger,” as per iMiaSanMia.

Harry Kane’s record against United is impressive, with seven-goal involvement in his last ten encounters, comprising four goals and three assists. The 30-year-old will hope to extend that record When the Red Devil’s visit Allianz Arena.

The aura of United’s treble-winning team victory over Bayern in 1999 looms large, but it’s clear that this current squad falls short in various aspects.

Bayern have a formidable track record at home against United in the UEFA Champions League, boasting three wins and two draws in their previous five meetings.

Both teams approach this match with remarkable statistics. Bayern’s unbeaten streak in UEFA Champions League group stage games extends to 34 matches, while Manchester United’s manager, Erik Ten Hag, has a perfect record of six wins in UEFA Champions League group stage games since the 2021-22 season.

With such impressive form and statistics from both managers and teams, this fixture promises to be an enthralling contest and undoubtedly the highlight of matchday one of the Champions League. Tickets are still on sale at Seatsnet so you can still get hold of a ticket and watch all the action unfold in person at the Allianz Arena.

Head-to-Head Records and Match Statistics

  • In their previous 11 encounters in the Champions League, the Bundesliga champions have been the dominant side with four victories and five draws. In comparison, United have only secured two wins, one of which was in the 1999 Champions League final.
  • Bayern have never lost to United at home in the group stages, with all their previous encounters ending in draws. This is a statistic that both United’s manager,  Ten Hag and former Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel, will be hoping to change.
  • Bayern Munich have maintained a strong home record against Manchester United, including a convincing 4-2 aggregate win in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final clash during the 2013-14 season.
  • It’s noteworthy that FC Bayern München have have played the second-most UEFA Champions League games (282), second only to Real Madrid who lead with a remarkable 304 appearances. The Bundesliga Champions will be appearing in their 16th consecutive Champions League campaign.
  • The Bavarians have also demonstrated their goal-scoring prowess in each of their last 40 home games in the UEFA Champions League group stages. The Bavarians have scored in each of their last 40 home games in the UEFA Champions League group stage. A long run that includes 38 wins, one draw, and one loss, dating back to their 2-0 defeat against Bordeaux in November 2009.
  • In last season’s UEFA Champions League campaign, United’s summer signing, André Onana stood out among goalkeepers. The 27-year-old prevented more goals than any other goalkeeper based on the quality of shots on target faced, with a remarkable +7.8 rating, conceding only 10 goals out of 17.8 expected shots on target faced (excluding own goals).
  •  In the new format of the Champions League, Bayern have progressed to the knockout rounds in all 19 of their appearances in the competition since 2003-04.
  • United have been eliminated from the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in two of their six campaigns in the competition since the retirement of former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • Manchester United have only lost more UEFA Champions League games against Barcelona (5) than they have against FC Bayern(4). Bayern might equal Barcelona’s record victory over United if they win the Red Devil’s on Wednesday and might extend the lead if they win the reverse fixture at Old Trafford.


The Bavarians have no significant injury concerns. However, Manuel Neuer remains sidelined due to injury, and manager Tuchel is serving a touchline ban.

Raphael Guerreiro and Kingsley Coman have returned to training, and the fitness of Joshua Kimmich will be closely monitored after he was withdrawn in the game against Bayer Leverkusen due to an inflamed tendon.

On the Manchester United side, several key players are unavailable. Luke Shaw Tyrell Malacia and Aaron Wan-Bissaka who is out with a hamstring injury are sidelined due to injuries, while Antony will miss the match for personal reasons and Jadon Sancho remains unavailable due to a fallout with manager, Ten Hag.

However, there is hope for the return of Sofyan Amrabat, Mason Mount, and Raphael Varane who will be accessed.

All eyes will be on the game at Allianz Arena as these two European giants clash once again for a match that promises to be a thrilling contest.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 Manchester United.