Manchester (AP) – RB Leipzig has failed to stop Manchester United’s almost two decades of dominance at Old Trafford against German teams.
The team of coach Julian Nagelsmann lost 5-0 (0-1) with the English record champion on Wednesday-evening and had to give up the championship leader in Group H of the premier class with their 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 lost 5-0”, said Emil Forsberg, who immediately went on with the analysis after the biggest away defeat in the premier league: “We got into the game well, the game with the ball was the first. Half time is good, but we have to find better solutions in the last third. We didn’t put enough pressure on their defense in the pits either. “
The devils are different. Mason Greenwood (21st minute), the youngest player on the field at the age of 19, shot the Red Devils in front of the spooky backdrop at Old Trafford, ahead of Rashford with a three-pack (73./78./90.+2 ) and Anthony Martial made the first home win of the season perfect with a penalty kick (87th). Before that there was a 1: 3 against Crystal Palace in the Premiere League, a crash 1: 6 debacle against Tottenham Hotspur and a 0: 0 against Chelsea.
Nagelsmann, who stood out on the sidelines with a gray checked jacket, initially left Marcel Sabitzer and Tyler Adams, who had recently been slightly battered, on the sofa. 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 Despite a cross-check by the video referees, the goal was not withdrawn.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.