Bayern’s dominance goes unrewarded as Manchester United hold defending champions

Reigning European champions Bayern Munich must have left Old Trafford rather frustrated as they were unable to capitalise on dominance over Manchester United.

The current European powerhouse was left rather shell-shocked in the first few minutes, as the home side had a goal disallowed. Striker Danny Welbeck played a fancy flick over Spaniard Javi Martinez. The England international then crashed home, but his goal was chalked off due to a high foot.

This early shock then spurred the Bavarians into action. The first chance for Bayern fell to influential Dutchman, Arjen Robben, who cut in from the right-wing onto his favoured left foot, but his shot curled off-target. Bayern then started to assert their dominance on the game. There was some good build-up play between Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry, with the ball then crossed in by Ribéry. Thomas Müller couldn’t take advantage, as he just missed the ball. The next chance also went to the dominant away side, when Arjen Robben arched an effort towards goal, forcing David de Gea to pull-off an excellent one-handed save.

The Red Devils could have scored two goals in a matter of minutes just before halftime as a pair of chances fell to Danny Welbeck. The first was a tame effort straight into Manuel Neuer’s hands. The second, however, was a superb chance to go into the break with the lead. Wayne Rooney played an exquisite through-ball to Danny Welbeck. The ball wasn’t dealt with by Jerome Boateng, meaning Welbeck raced clear. Welbeck then attempted to chip man-mountain Manuel Neuer, but his effort was in vain as his fancy bit of skill was dealt with by the German number one.

Bayern started the second half with real tempo just like the first. Bastian Schweinsteiger had the first chance of the half, but his volley went wide.

Manchester United did, though, take advantage of Bayern’s missed chances, taking the lead in the 58th minute. Nemanja Vidić headed in a Wayne Rooney corner, as no one marked the Serb as he marched through the box and headed the ball past Neuer.

Only 8 minutes later, Bayern pulled a goal back. Arjen Robben made a run down the right flank, and the overlapping Rafinha received the ball off Robben. Rafinha played a delicious ball straight into the head of Mario Mandžukić, who then neatly headed into the path of the on-rushing Bastian Schweinsteiger. The defensive-midfielder crashed the ball past de Gea, sending the travelling faithful into raptures.

Ecuadorian midfielder Antonio Valencia should have been sent off for a dangerous challenge on David Alaba. Adding insult to injury, in the 89th minute Schweinsteiger was sent off for a second bookable offence, after leaving his dangling let out, he wiped Wayne Rooney to the floor meaning the sending off was inevitable.

Bayern would have been happy taking away a draw, as they now have the vital away goal.

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