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BAYERN TOO GOOD FOR UNITED

Manchester United failed to muster a shot on target at Allianz Arena as they slumped to a dispiriting 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich in their final pre-season fixture.

Marcus Rashford's first appearance since the World Cup failed to inspire Jose Mourinho's men, who were outclassed and starved of possession in their last friendly before Friday's Premier League opener at home to Leicester City.

The slim margin of defeat owed only to the admirable resilience of a defence that was reinforced by the presence of Victor Lindelof and substitute Phil Jones, although the ease with which Javi Martinez rose to nod home Thiago Alcantara's 59th-minute corner will be of concern.

But the more pressing matter for Mourinho is clearly at the other end of the pitch, where an attack shorn of Romelu Lukaku, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial never looked like scoring.

It was a subdued performance from the outset with the earliest drama seeing Alexis Sanchez, United's captain on the night, catch Joshua Kimmich in the face with a stray arm.

It was to be the only blow the visitors landed throughout the opening half as a comfortable Bayern asked questions of David de Gea through Thiago Alcantara, Serge Gnabry and Niklas Sule, who was compelled to try his luck from long range after advancing unimpeded out of his own defence.

Manuel Neuer, in contrast, did not have a save to make in his first 45 minutes at Allianz Arena since a 4-0 win over Mainz on September 16, his final club outing before foot surgery curtailed much of his campaign.

Niko Kovac showed little interest in settling at half-time with Jerome Boateng, Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka introduced off the bench, yet the goal came from an unlikely source as midfielder Martinez calmly guided a glancing header beyond a helpless De Gea.

Arjen Robben looked to have made it 2-0 late on but was correctly flagged for offside as the Bundesliga champions earned their second win in four ahead of next Sunday's DFL Supercup clash with Eintracht Frankfurt.

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