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Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro’s dressing room demands ignored by four Man Utd players

BAYERN MUNICH 4-3 MAN UTD: Erik ten Hag’s side were well beaten in Bavaria as two goals inside four first half minutes proved crucial at the Allianz Arena

Bruno Fernandes cut a frustrated figure for much of the game in Munich

Manchester United’s experienced heads had called for a reaction, and they got one for about three minutes at the start.

It was around then that Alphonso Davies – written off as a player who ‘can’t defend’ by Erik ten Hag before the match – superbly challenged Facundo Pellistri at the back post when the Uruguayan thought he had the freedom of Bavaria to give the visitors a shock lead. That, bar a brief flurry at the start of the second half when they scored, then almost conceded then did concede a harsh penalty, was about that for United before the attempts at heroics.

Their players had arrived into the game off the back of that chastening experience at home to Brighton last Saturday, after which a team inquest was held in the Old Trafford dressing room with Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro at the forefront of it. 

Both players reportedly spoke of the need to rebuild the unity around United, and of becoming difficult to beat even if the football wasn’t the best. To defend better, basically. But that went out the window in a four minute spell in Munich.

First came the weak goalkeeping from Andre Onana to allow Leroy Sane to open the scoring. We’ve all seen it, but here’s Rio Ferdinand to sum it up. 

Onana's dreadful error allowed Bayern Munich to take the lead
Onana’s dreadful error allowed Bayern Munich to take the lead

“This is a nightmare scenario for Onana,” the pundit said on TNT Sports. “He is as confident as you like with his feet. We were sitting there saying wow with some of his passes, but as a goalkeeper you are paid to come in there and make saves.

“This is a great bit of skill from Sane to set it up as well, but he does not hit it with any purpose – it’s not wide, it’s not in the corners and Onana and his reaction afterwards, he should save this. It is meat and drink for him and he should be picking this up and looking for his next pass – it’s a bad mistake and one that he needs to recover from.”

Then came the second goal, as Jamal Musiala led United a merry dance before Serge Gnabry swept home. Over to Paul Scholes for this one.

Casemiro had delivered a dressing room message after the Brighton game
Casemiro had delivered a dressing room message after the Brighton game

“We mentioned this lad (Musiala) before the game,” he said “He has great skill, a tremendous turn of pace, but I am not sure what (Lisandro) Martinez is doing as well.

“(Diogo) Dalot is beaten, but Martinez goes backwards, him and (Sergio) Reguilon have one player between them and Reguilon should take that man and Martinez should go to (Serge) Gnabry who scores the goal, but he ends upgoing back and if anything, he blocks the keepers view and there is nothing he could do about it.”

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Onana, Dalot, Martinez and Reguilon. All left looking rather foolish and all offering nothing that resembled unity at a time when United needed it. The displays of plenty of other players in the side was perfectly fine, but at key moments they were let down by others, and the lack of unity cost them dearly.

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