Manchester (AP) – RB Leipzig has also failed to stop Manchester United’s nearly two decades of dominance at Old Trafford against German teams – taking their highest defeat in the Champions League.
“Flying home with a 5-0 win is a pack. We have paid hardship and have to learn from it,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann at DAZN.
His team lost 0: 5 (0: 1) to the English record champions and also had to give up the championship leader in group H of the premier class with the first competitive defeat of the season. After the opening win against Basaksehir, RB is now level with Paris Saint-Germain. The French previously won 2-0 in Istanbul. The last German victory at the venerable Manchester venue was won by FC Bayern Munich in 2000/2001 (1-0).
“It’s hard to find words when you’ve lost 5-0,” said Emil Forsberg. Mason Greenwood (21st minute), the youngest player on the field at age 19, gave the Red Devils the lead for the haunted crowd at Old Trafford before substitute Marcus Rashford with a three-pack (73./78./90 . + 2)) and Anthony Martial with a penalty kick (87th) made the first home win of the season perfect. Before that, there was a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace in the Premier League, a crashing 6-1 debacle against Tottenham Hotspur and a 0-0 win against Chelsea. “The result doesn’t feel good and reads more clearly than it was,” said Nagelsmann.
He left Marcel Sabitzer and Tyler Adams, who were a little ill recently, on the couch. In the triple chain of central defense, France’s Ibrahima Konaté was preferred to Willi Orban. Man United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer surprised with Paul Pogba on the left and Donny van de Beek in midfield and surprisingly did without Rashford in the starting line-up. For this, he bet on Greenwood, which immediately paid off.
The striker ran away from Dayot Upamecano on the left half after a pass from Pogba in a suspicious position and pushed RB goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi past to take the lead (21st). Despite a cross-check by the video referees, the goal was not withdrawn. It was a wake-up call for the Saxons: first Christopher Nkunku (21st) tested United goalkeeper David de Gea, then Kevin Kampl (24th) got stuck with his shot in the defense. RB tried hard, but couldn’t playfully highlight running hosts.
After the substitution, RB increased the pace, played the balls more directly and therefore had more freedom in substitution situations. Usually, however, it was the end of the line at the edge of the penalty area. Man United remained very present in the duels and played more precisely in the offensive. After more than an hour, Nagelsmann first brought in Captain Sabitzer, then the Norwegian Alexander Soerloth – Solskjaer parallel to Rashford.
The equalizer for RB prevented de Gea in the 65th minute with a brilliant save after a header from Konaté from close range. On the other hand, Gulacsi (71st) was perfect after a set piece against Anthony Martial who jumped in. Then the show of the substitute Rashford started, which went freezing three times. “We showed a great team performance. We moved very well without the ball, all the guys from the bench were there today,” said the three-time goalscorer.