Friday, September 29, 2023

Harry Kane gets Champions League homecoming as Bayern Munich draw previous suitors Manchester United

Harry Kane will be making a quick return to England after his Bayern Munich team were drawn against Manchester United in the Champions League.

The two European giants will face off for their 12th and 13th meetings in Europe’s top tier competition.

Kane is on his way back to Old TraffordGetty

Kane has five goals in 19 games against UnitedGetty

Kane, who joined Bayern in an £85million move from Tottenham this summer, will be playing a side he’s very familiar with.

The Red Devils were keen suitors of the striker for several transfer windows but now the 30-year-old has left for the Bundesliga.

The England captain was understood to be a top candidate for United this summer with just a year left on his Spurs contract, but ongoing ownership drama meant manager Erik ten Hag had to reasses.

The Manchester giants instead went with a younger and slightly cheaper option in Rasmus Hojlund for £72m from Atalanta, freeing up Kane for a late move to Bayern.

Since joining Bayern, Kane lost on his debut against Leipzig in the DFL Super Cup, but he has since taken to the Bundesliga like a duck to water with three goals and an assist in two games.

United and Bayern have a famous history as two of the world’s grandest football teams, facing each other exclusively in the Champions League on 11 previous occasions.

The most remarkable match was United’s last-gasp 2-1 comeback win in the 1999 final, but overall, Bayern have the edge, with four wins, two defeats and five draws in head-to-heads against United.

Meanwhile, in Kane has faced United on 19 occasions in the past with Spurs, but has only managed five goals in those games.

Can’t wait for this @ChampionsLeague

— Harry Kane (@HKane) August 31, 2023

The European giants will also face Danish side Copenhagen and Galatasaray in Group A.

Manchester United are well acquainted with the Turkish side too with six past encounters including a 3-3 draw in 1993.

And their most recent fixture saw Galatasaray claim a 1-0 over the Red Devils in 2012.

Group stage draw in full

Group A: Bayern Munich, MANCHESTER UNITED, FC Copenhagen, GalatasarayGroup B: Sevilla, ARSENAL, PSV Eindhoven, RC LensGroup C: Napoli, Real Madrid, Braga, Union BerlinGroup D: Benfica, Inter Milan, Salzburg, Real SociedadGroup E: Feyenoord, Atletico Madrid, Lazio, CELTICGroup F: Paris St-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, AC Milan, NEWCASTLEGroup G: MANCHESTER CITY, RB Leipzig, Red Star Belgrade, Young BoysGroup H: Barcelona, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Royal Antwerp

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