In 2014, under Pep Guardiola’s leadership, Manchester United was defeated 4-2 overall by the Bundesliga’s top team.
This season, when Manchester United makes a comeback to the Champions League, a historic European rivalry will reemerge.
German powerhouse Bayern Munich is the opponent Erik ten Hag and his team will face in Group A, so it is only inevitable that those two teams will take center stage with FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray attempting to stop them. The last time United and six-time champion Bayern met on the biggest platform was over ten years ago.
On that particular occasion, triumph was celebrated during the 2013–2014 season by the Bundesliga heavyweights, who were famously vanquished by United late in the 1999 championship game. Bayern, who had already won the Champions League, defeated United over two legs (4-2) with none other than Pep Guardiola at the helm.
Here is a look at United’s starting lineup from the game at the Allianz Arena.
20 players have departed United since Ten Hag’s arrival, according to statistics.
The late David De Gea: not forgotten. Before being replaced by Andre Onana this summer, De Gea made 545 appearances for the club across all competitions. He continues to be a free agent despite rumors that he would sign with Real Madrid to fill in for injured Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Phil Jones: Played the return leg at right-back. The unpleasant chore of marking Franck Ribery fell to Jones! The 31-year-old was, incidentally, back at Carrington this week after playing in more than 200 games.
Christopher Smalling Jose Mourinho eventually let the center back go at United, and now that he is flourishing under Mourinho at Roma, his career has come full circle.
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Nemanja Vidic led United in both contests as their captain, and his first-leg goal gave them optimism. With the help of Bastian Schweinsteiger, ten-man Bayern was able to catch them up, and in the end, it was the Germans who advanced. That July, Vidic left Old Trafford.
Patrice Evra: Just like the previous game, United took the lead at the Allianz Arena, and their first goal came from an unexpected source. Before Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller, and Arjen Robben scored three goals to change the game, Evra scored. The well-known Frenchman frequently makes appearances on TV panel shows as a regular pundit.
Darren Fletcher is a technical director who works behind the scenes for United. Fletcher played 342 games during his time at Old Trafford before hanging up his boots and moving upstairs. Jack and Tyler, his twin young kids, have joined the Manchester City Academy.
Michael Carrick: The current Middlesbrough manager was Fletcher’s accomplice in crime. once playing for 12 years at Old Trafford, Carrick immediately transitioned into coaching once his playing career ended. When he was fired, he had already managed three games as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s deputy manager.
Antonio Valencia: A well-liked character at Old Trafford who once held the position of club captain. Valencia’s playing career came to an end in 2021, and the 38-year-old has since taken a somewhat different direction by starting his own team. His hometown club, Club Deportivo (AV25), is in Ecuador.
Shinji Kagawa: Before moving to Old Trafford in 2012 for £12 million plus add-ons, Kagawa received high praise for his efforts at Borussia Dortmund. He only lasted two seasons before coming back.
Danny Welbeck: After stints at Arsenal and Watford, Welbeck is still strutting his thing in the Premier League for Brighton. He was Rooney’s primary backup that evening. After the 2013–2014 season, United sold the 32-year-old to the Gunners, who paid almost £20 million for his services.
Wayne Rooney is a person who, because to everything he has accomplished with Manchester United and the England national team, really doesn’t need an introduction at Old Trafford or anywhere else. Rooney, who previously had a similar post with Derby County, is now the manager of MLS team DC United and is still the club’s all-time leading scorer with 253 goals from 559 games.