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Five great United games v German clubs

July 22,2016 13:07

The match was supposed to be a home game for the Reds; however, due to a lack of floodlights at Old Trafford, the game was played at Maine Road. Over 75,000 people were there to watch the Busby Babes open their continental campaign - and what a ...and more »



22/07/2016 10:30, Report by Caitlin Potts

As Jose Mourinho's men face Borussia Dortmund in the International Champions Cup in China, we're looking back at five of Manchester United’s greatest games against German sides...17 October 1956: Manchester United 3 Borussia Dortmund 2The first time United ever played against Borussia Dortmund, or indeed any German side in a competitive match, was in 1956 in the first leg of the first round of the European Cup. The match was supposed to be a home game for the Reds; however, due to a lack of floodlights at Old Trafford, the game was played at Maine Road. Over 75,000 people were there to watch the Busby Babes open their continental campaign - and what a match it was, packed full of goals. Dennis Viollet scored the first two of the game for United, and David Pegg also found the net in the first half to give the Reds a commanding 3-0 lead at half-time. Dortmund were not giving up without a fight, however, and netted twice in the second period courtesy of Helmut Kapitulski and Alfred Preibler. Fortunately, Busby's young side managed to prevent the away team drawing level, thus ensuring the club's first victory against a team from Germany.26 May 1999: Manchester United 2 Bayern Munich 1How could we leave this one out? One of the most memorable nights in United's history, the Champions League final at the Nou Camp in Barcelona of course. Here's a quick recap - six minutes in, Mario Basler opened the scoring for the solid German side and from then on, it seemed as if the Reds would have to settle for the Double, rather than the Treble they desperately wanted. If any team looked likely to grab the game's second goal, it was Bayern as they hit Peter Schmeichel's woodwork twice but as the final moved into injury time with the score still at 0-1, there was still hope for United. A concerted push by the Reds brought a dramatic equaliser from Teddy Sheringham in the 91st minute of the game and then, just when the crowd and huge TV audience were expecting extra time, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pounced to sweep home the winning goal and crown United as European champions for the second time.26 April 2011: Schalke 0 Manchester United 2The first time United ever faced Schalke 04 was in one of the biggest fixtures in European club football - the Champions League semi-final, in 2011. The Reds won 2-0 in this first leg in Germany but the victory margin would have been much higher, and the second leg rendered almost meaningless, had it not been for an incredible performance by the hosts' goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. During the first half, the young shot-stopper seemingly defied United almost single-handedly and the game remained in deadlock until shortly after the hour mark when two goals were scored in the space of three minutes by Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney. The quickfire double capped what Sir Alex Ferguson described as “a marvellous performance” by his team.27 November 2013: Bayer Leverkusen 0 Manchester United 5The most recent of six meetings between these two clubs was away at the Bayarena during David Moyes's only season as United manager. The Reds had already beaten the German side 4-2 at home in a brilliant game earlier in the group phase but there was no complacency - instead the players produced arguably their best performance of the season. Antonio Valencia opened the scoring and an own goal from Leverkusen’s Emir Spahic meant that United were 2-0 up at half-time. More goals were scored in the second half - one apiece from Jonny Evans, Chris Smalling and Nani - as the Reds racked up an emphatic 5-0 win and secured a place in the knockout rounds. United would eventually bow out of the competition in Germany, at the hands of old rivals Bayern Munich at the quarter-final stage.30 September 2015: Manchester United 2 Wolfsburg 1United's last win over a German team came in last season's Champions League group stage, this time on home turf at Old Trafford. An early goal from Daniel Caligiuiri forced Louis van Gaal's players to up their game and when the Reds were awarded a penalty, Juan Mata stepped up to fire in the equaliser and level the match at 1-1 for half-time. In the second half, both teams pressed for the win that would take them top of the group and it turned out to be a defender, Chris Smalling, who settled it to the home fans' delight.

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