By Ryan Walker and Joe Bernstein for MailOnline
Published: 18:30, 12 December 2023 | Updated: 21:27, 12 December 2023
Bayern wasteful in front of goal (0-0)Bayern break United down and Kimmich has space on edge of the box. He shoots but drags it well wide. Both goalkeepers with little to do so far.
Copenhagen take lead against GalatasarayNightmare for United as Copenhagen take the lead in their group game. As it stands the Danes are going through regardless of if United win.
Fernandes drags his shot wide (0-0)United’s press is causing Bayern all sorts of problems as Fernandes wins the ball back and drags his shot wide from the edge of the box. He has to hit the target there.
Antony is booked (0-0)Antony loses the ball near the halfway line and he clips Davies with a late tackle when trying to win possession back. Yellow card shown.
Fernandes smashes his shot over (0-0)Untied carve a chance and Wan-Bissaka’s cutback finds Fernandes in space on the edge of the box, he shoots first time and smashes it into the stands.
Great defending from Kim (0-0)Antony is free and reigning down on goal but Kim is back and wins a goalkick with a brilliant slide tackle.
Man United substitution (0-0)This is concerning for United’s defence as Aaron Wan-Bissaka is now coming on to replace Luke Shaw. Nightmare for the hosts.
Bayern also make a change at fullback as Konrad Laimer comes on.
Hojlund has to do more for United (0-0)United’s striker has starred in the Champions League this season but has made just nine touches tonight so far – the lowest out of any player on the pitch.
He’s been largely outmuscled by Upamecano and Kim and must be smarter in how he can create space for himself. United’s attack largely hinges on him and so far it’s been slightly disappointing.
HALF TIME: Man United 0-0 Bayern MunichUnited finish the half off strong but can’t fashion a shot on goal as Bayern defend well. It’s been good from the hosts but they aren’t doing much to threaten Manuel Neur’s goal and Rasmus Hojlund has offered very little up top.
The hosts have managed the threat of Bayern well but now must start to try and show how they can hurt the German visitors.
Copenhagen and Galatasaray are drawing, if it stays like that and United win then they are through to the next round of the Champions League.
Three minutes of additional time (0-0)We will have just three minutes added on, United have defended well, can they mount an attack?
Garnacho let down by lack of runners (0-0)The young Argentinian breaks down the left and sprints from his own half right into the Bayern box. He has space but is only supported by Hojlund who is marshalled out of frame.
Manchester United substitution (0-0)Nope Maguire can’t keep playing, he can barely run with that groin injury and on comes Jonny Evans. Huge blow for United given Maguire’s brilliant recent form.
Maguire wants to continue (0-0)The Englishman is wanting to carry on, Jonny Evans is warming up and it would be a big surprise if Maguire is able to keep playing. Substitution imminent you feel.
Harry Maguire pulls up (0-0)The United defender has just pulled up and immediately kicked the ball out of play. His groin seems to have gone and this is a big concern. Harry Kane comes over to check on his England team-mate.
Bayern biding their time (0-0)United are looking so much more compact than they have in other games recently and Bayern are haing to be patient in their build-up play. Luke Shaw has his work cut out as the visitors continue to attack down his flank.
Sane HAS to score (0-0)Bayern break from United’s corner and Coman puts a cross on a plate for Sane to head in and open the scoring. The former Man City star somehow misses the ball and United clear.
Fernandes free-kick blocked behind (0-0)Fernandes had a free-kick around 30 yards from goal and watched his effort clip the wall and go behind for a corner. The follow-up set-piece was pathetic.
United’s work ethic will please Ten Hag (0-0)JOE BERNSTEIN AT OLD TRAFFORD: Ten Hag will be pleased to see a better work ethic from his wingers. Garnacho has already nicked the ball off the Bayern defence a couple of times. Gives United hope.
Sane slices United’s defence open (0-0)The Bayern forward drifts through United’s defence and is in the box before Maguire’s crucial intervention stops him from getting a shot away. Brilliant run, poor finish.
Bayern fans making themselves heard (0-0)Bayern supporters in the away end at Old Trafford are making so much noise and why not? Their team is already through to the next round and playing well tonight so far.
Coman takes a tumble (0-0)Coman tussles with Garnacho and comes off worse as he slides down the slope at the edge of the pitch and into the advertising boards with a big bump. Bayern players run over but hostilities are eventually settled.
Shaw fires on target (0-0)Space opened up for him on the edge of the box and Shaw smashed it straight at Neuer. The Bayern goalkeeper punches behind for a corner that is cleared.
United can’t track Harry Kane (0-0)JOE BERNSTEIN AT OLD TRAFFORD: Harry Kane is going wherever he likes. At times he’s drifting back into midfield and it’s then hard for United to pick him up venturing forward. It is going to cause Maguire and Varane a problem and the England captain has already had the game’s first shot on target.
VAR checks for Bayern penalty (0-0)VAR has just had a look at a potential penalty after Jamal Musiala went down in the box. Replays showed he pretty much ran into Maguire before going down softly and play rightly continues.
United playing positive football (0-0)United were already a goal down against Bournemouth at the weekend but are looking so much more positive tonight. They are fighting for every second ball and there is more confidence in everything they are doing. Bayern can change this in the blink of an eye though.
Kane can’t reach Coman’s cross (0-0)Coman beats Shaw for speed down the right-wing and Kane is begging for the ball in the box, it is eventually crossed but just a fraction too far away from the Bayern striker. A better corss and that would have been a goal.
Fernandes’ pre-match rallying shout (0-0)JOE BERNSTEIN AT OLD TRAFFORD: Bruno Fernandes is trying to make United’s midfield click so far tonight and went round every United player before kick off for an embrace. They need a captain’s showing from him tonight
United beginning to find confidence (0-0)United are just showing a few glimpses of their attacking talent with Garnacho and Antony both getting joy down either wings. The space is there for them to attack, end product is just missing at the minute.
Man United win their first corner (0-0)Dalot gets to the byline and cuts a cross back that is blocked by Kimmich. Fernandes whips the corner in but easily cleared.
Bayern controlling early possession (0-0)The visitors are camping inside United’s half early with Harry Kane finding space in the box but eventually ruled offside.
KICK OFF: Underway at Old Trafford (0-0)We’re underway in Old Trafford and Copenhagen’s match against Galatasaray is also underway in Denmark. Stick with us tonight for every key update from Manchester.
Old Trafford is rockingHere come the players down the famous Old Trafford tunnel and this stadium is absolutely rocking. It will have to be like that for the best part of the next two hours if United are to pull off a famous win.
Bayern will want to silence the crowd early, while a goal for the hosts will only increase the decibels in Trafford.
Remember we will be keeping you updated with scores from Copenhagen v Galatasaray.
United players head back to the dressing roomWarm-ups have been concluded and United’s stars are heading back down the tunnel, could their next walk out for kick off be the final time they hear the Champions League anthem this season?
Bayern are a special team and one of the favourites for the competition but United have their backs agains the wall and this is a season-defining clash.
Thomas Tuchel insists Bayern are here to winBayern could relax tonight if they wanted to because they have already qualified as group leaders for the next round of the Champions League, but boss Thomas Tuchel insisted there will be no such relaxed approach at Old Trafford.
Harry Kane leads the line for the visitors and the former Spurs captain loves scoring at Old Trafford.
Erik ten Hag addresses Man United’s formThe Manchester United manager has overseen a difficult season so far in both Europe and domestically this season, but has been addressing their issues pre-match on TNT Sports.
Ten Hag described this season as ‘high highs and low lows’ but backed United to produce a performance tonight.
‘High highs and low lows. We have to have more consistency in our performances and work very hard for that,’ he said.
It’s not always sunshine, it’s like life but it’s about the final picture and in the end you have to get a result. I have to bring the belief to my team and when we have that we will finish strong.
We have the opportubity to win the game and the fans will be behind us when we energise them. We want to stay in Europe and have to win,’ added Ten Hag.
A good time to play Bayern Munich?Manchester United have been in torrid form of their own recently, but Bayern were surprisingly hammered themselves at the weekend as Frankfurt put five past them.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are wounded from their Bundesliga thrashing and United can inflict further misery tonight. Bayern have already qualified for the next round as group winners but will want to make a statement at Old Trafford.
The visitors are wounded but could that make them more dangerous? Rio Ferdinand who has been speaking pitchside thinks so.
Marcus Rashford misses outThe Manchester United winger missed training yesterday citing an illness and hasn’t been included in tonight’s match squad to face Bayern Munich.
It’s interesting because if Rashford hadn’t signed a new mega-deal at the club in the summer then tonight’s squad is possibly how they would be lining up anyway.
The Englishman has struggled for form this season, having been dropped against both Chelsea and Bournemouth recently, but will be gutted to miss out tonight in Europe’s biggest cup competition.
What a chance this could be for Alejandro Garnacho and Antony to further cement their starting roles.
Bayern’s last trip to Old TraffordThese two European giants have shared some epic battles over the years and tonight promises to be another brilliant clash.
But it’s been nine-years since the Germans played at Old Trafford, that time it was a 1-1 draw against David Moyes’ Manchester United that momentarily kept his tenure at the club alive.
Nemanja Vidic and Bastian Schweinsteiger were on the scoresheet that night, but United can’t afford a draw tonight, a win is the only option.
Scott McTominay’s rallying callThe Scotsman is surprisingly United’s top scorer this season and has issued a rallying call to his teamates and the club’s fans ahead of kick-off.
McTominay admitted results haven’t been good enough this season, but insisted tonight is an opportunity to rectify that against one of the world’s best teams.
Varane returns for UnitedRaphael Varane starts for United tonight in his first match back since United’s win over Luton on November 11 when he played just over 10 minute.
The former Real Madrid defender is a serial Champions League winner, but it’s curious Erik ten Hag has opted to start him in such a big match tonight given his lack of game time recently.
Varane has drastically fallen down the pecking order this season, but if you’re going to make a statement to be top of the lot then tonight is when he has to do it.
BAYERN MUNICH TEAM NEWS – Kane leads the lineMANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS – Varane and Hojlund startOld Trafford tunnel walkKick off is at 8pm and the atmosphere is building at Old Trafford, but Bayern have already ha a glimpse at what lies ahead when they trained in Manchester yesterday.
The German visitors are used to the big occasion, but can United spring one of the great Champions League surprises tonight?
How can United qualify tonight?Despite winning just one Champions League match this season – a home win over Copenhagen – Manchester United can still qualify for the knockout stages tonight. But they will need a miracle to do so.
United have to beat Bayern Munich to stand any chance of doing so, while Copenhagen and Galatasaray must draw. Both of those results would see Erik ten Hag’s side scrape through by a single point.
It’s a huge ask, but this is the Champions League and anything can happen.
United star’s have arrivedThere was none of the typical pre-match smiles from players as they arrived at Old Trafford, tonight they are in survival mode against one of Europe’s best teams.
Fans welcomed United’s players to Old Trafford, but will they still be celebrating at full-time?
Good evening and welcome to Old TraffordGood evening, thanks for joining us and welcome to Old Trafford on a night where Manchester United’s Champions League journey could be ended.
The Germans from Munich are tonight’s visitors and United – still reeling from a weekend hammering against Bournemouth – need to produce their best performance of the season to stand any chance.
Kick-off is at 8pm and we have plenty to cover before then.