It’s the final match of the year in Europe’s top league! To wrap up the Champions League group stage this season, FC Bayern visits Manchester United on Tuesday night (live text updates and free online radio available at fcbayern.com and in the FC Bayern App starting at 9 pm). Following their 5-1 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, Bayern wants to resume winning. “We have to respond on the field. There will be heat in the air. “Our goal is to perform well and maintain our winning streak in the group,” said Sporting Director Christoph Freund. Here is our preview of the Old Trafford match, which includes all the pertinent details.
With two games left, FC Bayern advanced to the round of 16 in the Champions League after taking first place in their group on Matchday 4. The club led by head coach Thomas Tuchel had a flawless start to the season with four wins in the first four games, but then they drew 0-0 at home against FC Copenhagen. With this outcome, Bayern’s amazing run of 17 straight home victories in the Champions League group stage came to an end, but the record winners were able to continue their winning streak. Bayern has now gone 39 games in a row without losing in the competition’s preliminary stage. The Reds’ current goal is to defeat Manchester United on the road in order to go to number 40.
Manchester United needs to defeat Bayern Munich in order to have a chance of making it to the Champions League knockout stages this year. It’s now or never for them. With one game left in this competition, United’s 3-3 draw with Galatasaray has left them bottom of Group A. Based on their current record, only three points would secure their safe passage to the next round. The weekend’s devastating 3-0 loss to Bournemouth presents a dire image for Erik ten Hag’s team ahead of this pivotal matchup with Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich. In a thrilling battle on matchday one at the Allianz Arena, Harry Kane and company defeated United 4-3. Now, the visitors will aim to knock out their old rivals at Old Trafford.