Manchester United lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich in the Amos Women’s French Cup final last week. The team beat PSG in the semi-finals to advance to the final, played on August 19th.
Marc Skinner’s team conceded just a few minutes either side of half-time, with Klara Bühl and Lina Magull on target for Bayern Munich. Both players capitalised on Sophie Baggaley’s bad luck in goal to win the cup for the Germans. Saki Kumagai scored the third and final goal to confirm Bayern’s victory as the Reds missed out on some pre-season silverware.
Bayern piled on the pressure from the start, putting United’s defence to the test almost immediately. Maya Le Tissier made an extraordinarily well-timed tackle to thwart an early chance by the Germans. United eased into the match as the half progressed. Nikita Parris, Adriana Leon, and Lucia Garcia had some exciting link-up play to challenge Bayern.
It looked like the first half would end 0-0, but a mix-up at the back saw Bühl advance on United’s goal and score the opening goal. The ball slipped past Baggaley to give Bayern the lead.
Despite United’s double change at the break, Bayern extended their lead almost immediately. Second-half substitute Magull made an instant impact, heading home her side’s second goal. Her shot originally hit the post but deflected off Baggaley and into the net.
Leah Galton had a pivotal opportunity just moments later, but couldn’t quite find her feet to get her effort on target.
Bayern’s defender Kumagai scored the goal that sealed the victory for her team. She found herself free at the back post following a corner, putting the game well beyond United’s grasp.
The Reds now return home and prepare for a final pre-season friendly against Everton, with new signings looking more and more comfortable on the squad.