Munich (AFP) – Harry Kane scored from the penalty spot as Bayern Munich piled more misery on struggling Manchester United with a 4-3 home win in the Champions League on Wednesday.
United travelled to Germany after a poor run of form and amid a raft of off-field issues and were offered little respite by a Bayern side who have now won their past 20 Champions League opening matches.
It was a fourth defeat in just six matches for Erik ten Hag’s floundering United in all competitions this season as they failed to bounce back from last weekend’s embarrassing 3-1 home loss to Brighton in the Premier League.
Bayern took control when visiting goalkeeper Andre Onana let Leroy Sane’s weak shot roll into the net in the 28th minute before Serge Gnabry swept home a second.
Rasmus Hojlund pulled one back before Kane drilled in a penalty early in the second half.
Casemiro’s late effort briefly gave United hope of an unlikely comeback against the run of play, but Bayern substitute Mathys Tel smashed home a fourth for the hosts in added time.
Brazilian Casemiro nodded in another consolation goal for United from the last attack of the match.
“We lost a bit of concentration there in the last five minutes,” Kane, who has now scored five goals in as many starts for Bayern since joining from Tottenham, told TNT Sports.
“Thankfully we were able to hold onto the lead. It’s always great to score. Always room for improvement.”
Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel, who watched from the stands after receiving a red card in the competition last season, said his side “deservedly won”.
“What’s important is the three points.”
Six-time European champions Bayern moved top of the early Group ‘A’ table after Wednesday’s earlier 2-2 draw between Galatasaray and FC Copenhagen in Istanbul.
United next visit Burnley at the weekend, with their second Champions League game at home against Galatasaray next month.
“After my mistake we lost control of the game. It’s a difficult situation for us, for me,” admitted Onana.
“The team were one down because of that mistake. I have to learn from it and be strong.”
The Red Devils have now conceded three or more goals in three consecutive games for the first time since 1978.