DC United 2-6 Bayern Munich: First reactions and observations


First reactions and observations

  • Despite conceding goals, Bayern Munich looked much better in the second half, and it’s all down to one player – Thomas Muller. The Raumdeuter was simply enjoying himself today, in a game where most of his teammates still seemed to be finding their bearings. Easy motM for him.
  • Sadio Mane has made a great debut to start his career at Bayern. A goal and an assist is a nice return, given that he was not on the pitch at the same time as Muller.
  • Matthijs de Ligt had a crazy debut. Scored a one-goal banger, made an error leading to a goal, got a caution, then walked away (for some reason). What a career start. Ups and downs already.
  • The heat seriously affected the proceedings, it was clear that no one was really bringing their A-game in this weather (as much as you can expect your A-game to be in pre-season).
  • Julian Nagelsmann still has to sort out the defense. Despite being helpless for 90% of the match, DC United had far too many chances to score.

Full time: Bayern Munich win 6-2.

90′ — GOAL! Thomas Muller makes it 6-2 on a magnificent counter!


83′ — Goal. Bayern’s poor defense allows DC United to get a second.

73′ — Water break: Matthijs de Ligt didn’t look well. He has been replaced. It doesn’t look like an injury, maybe the heat is getting to him.

53′ — Goal. DC United get one back, courtesy of a scuffed clearance from De Ligt that hit the post.

51’— GOAL! Zirkzee makes it 5-0! Asssit from Coman but the goal was scored by Muller.

47′ — GOAL! Matthijs de Ligt already has a goal! Thomas Muller with the assist. What a start.

45′ — The second half is on! Bayern made a bunch of substitutes at HT, too bad they didn’t tell us who came.

Half time: Bayern Munich currently lead DC United 3-0.

43′ — GOAL! Gnabry makes it 3-0! Excellent assist from Sadio Mane.

11′ — GOAL! Sabitzer shoots from outside the box! Another great team goal.

4′ — GOAL! Penalty for Bayern thanks to a foul on Copado. Sadio Mane steps in and shoots home. Early start to his goalscoring career.

To start up: After an unexpected ten minute delay, we are on our way!

One hour before kick-off: We have queues! Looks like Julian Nagelsmann will field Bayern Munich in a non-standard 4-1-4-1, with centre-backs Dayot Upamecano and Tanguy Nianzou and Marcel Sabitzer as the sole midfielder. Sadio Mane and Noussair Mazraoui start their first-ever games for Bayern, while youngsters like Cpado and Vidovic get a chance.

It should be an interesting game.

We’ve had a rollercoaster of a transfer window so far, but now it’s time to get back to business. Bayern Munich kick off their pre-season friendly campaign with a match against MLS side DC United, who are…uh…uh…

Yes, I don’t know anything about MLS.

Let’s talk about Bayern. This will be the first opportunity for Julian Nagelsmann to demonstrate his new system outside of training. Without Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich will look very different this season, and the main question is how Sadio Mane will fit into the line-up. Will it play as a single false nine at the top? Or will he play alongside Serge Gnabry in a two-forward duo?

Meanwhile, new signings such as Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui will be able to show what they are capable of, alongside more familiar veterans like Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich, Manuel Neuer and more. This match comes too soon for Matthijs de Ligt to join the team, so we will have to wait a little longer to see the great Dutchman in the colors of Bayern. Still, the prospect of finally getting game time at Bayern is irresistible. What will Nagelsmann invent?

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Match information

Location: Audi Field, Washington D.C., USA

Time: 3:30 p.m. local time, 9:30 a.m. EST

TV/Broadcast: Youtube, ESPN+, Find your country

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