Star signings Sadio Mane and Matthijs de Ligt BOTH score minutes into their Bayern Munich debuts as the Germans smash DC United 6-2… adding to Wayne Rooney’s pile of problems
- Bayern Munich swept aside Wayne Rooney’s DC United in a pre-season friendly
- Sadio Mane opened the scoring after four minutes in a Bayern Munich shirt
- Goals from Marcel Sabitzer and Serge Gnabry made it 3-0 at half-time
- Matthijs de Ligt came on in the second half and scored after just two minutes
- Rooney watched from the stands as his side were humbled by European giants
Debutants Sadio Mane and Matthijs de Ligt ran riot in the US capital as Bayern Munich thrashed Wayne Rooney’s DC United 6-2 in Washington.
Former Liverpool star Mane, who completed his £35million switch to the German champions last month, opened his Bayern account inside five minutes after converting a spot kick.
De Ligt, who completed his £68m move from Juventus on Tuesday, was also on the scoresheet, finding the net less than two minutes after coming off the bench at halftime.
Manager Julian Nagelsmann praised the pair for how well they’ve both settled into the squad so quickly.
Sadio Mane converts his penalty to mark his debut with a goal and give Bayern the lead
Mane (right) and Tanguy Nianzou celebrate after taking the lead early in the first half
New signing Matthijs De Ligt in high spirits after opening his Bayern account on his debut
‘Both players have made a good start,’ Nagelsmann said post-match.
‘Matthijs scored a brilliant goal with his left foot. I saw his impressive passing with his left foot in training today, and now this brilliant finish as well.’
Also among the goals was Serge Gnabry, who penned a new deal last weekend to stay in Bavaria until 2026.
After allowing star-man Robert Lewandowski to leave for Barcelona earlier this week, the club seemed to prove to be doing some shrewd business as their signings quickly hit the ground running to embarrass Rooney’s side, who still sit bottom of their division.
Thomas Muller (left) passing the DC United keeper to finish off Bayern’s goal-fest
They took a break from their Eastern Conference campaign to take on the European giants at Audi Field. Bayern are only just starting up their pre-season, but Mane’s penalty quickly kickstarted the match when teenager Lucas Copado was brought down in the box after three minutes.
DC’s defensive mistakes continued, and Bayern’s lead was doubled in the 12th minute when keeper Jon Kempin fumbled Marcel Sabitzer’s shot from outside the box.
Gnabry, who was linked with a return to England with Manchester City or Chelsea before committing his future to Bayern, found Mane’s cross and made it 3-0 just before the break.
Both sides emerged with much-changed teams in the second half, but the story remained much the same as De Ligt met Joshua Kimmich’s corner to score a fourth, with Joshua Zirkee adding a fifth just a few minutes later, making sure there was no way back for their opponents.
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann watches as his team make a strong start to preseason
Some poor goalkeeping from Sven Ulreich, who replaced Manuel Neuer at half-time, meant that Rooney’s men did manage to claw back a couple of goals.
Muller takes a selfie with DC United boss Wayne Rooney after the match
The 36-year-old is still awaiting work visa approval so continues to manage the team remotely and watched the game from the stands.
These strikes – against one of Europe’s elite teams – offer a glimmer of hope to the ex-Derby County coach, who is tasked with bringing back the better times he enjoyed with the club during his stint as a player between 2018 and 2020 when he scored 25 goals in 52 appearances and was named their MVP.
Thomas Muller slotted home in stoppage time to cap off a comfortable win for Nagelsmann ahead of his refreshed side’s second and final preseason tie against former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola’s City this weekend, before returning home for the German Super Cup versus RB Leipzig next Saturday.
DC United will continue their fight to lift themselves off the bottom of the table when they take on Montreal Impact in the MLS this weekend.
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