#JoyUCL: Bayern, unbeaten in 34 Champions League games, play Manchester United tonight

Erik ten Hag may be left with little choice but to pick the same Manchester United XI which lost to Brighton in Wednesday night’s Champions League trip to Bayern Munich.

The match will be live via radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM and Hitz 103.9 FM.

United are without 12 players, for varying reasons, for their Champions League group stage opener, with none of Harry Maguire, Mason Mount or Raphael Varane in the travelling squad despite being pictured in training on Tuesday.

The trio worked on a specific programme as they built up fitness, but the trip to Germany has come too soon for them, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Kobbie Mainoo, Amad Diallo and summer signing Sofyan Amrabat also out injured. Amrabat was pictured undertaking a solo session at Carrington on Tuesday, but the Moroccan is still waiting to make his United debut.

Donny van de Beek has been left out of the Champions League squad, while Antony and Jadon Sancho are both unavailable. A 21-man travelling squad has gone to Munich, with four goalkeepers included within it.

Speaking at a press conference in Germany, Ten Hag bemoaned his side’s injury record. “One thing is true, from the start of last season I don’t think I ever started with, in my opinion, the best starting XI,” he said. “There was always injuries.

“We always got results apart from the period we are in now. I have experienced it in the past and managed it. You have to deal with it. I like these situations because you have to handle it and know what to do, and that is focusing on the process.”

United will come face-to-face with Harry Kane in Munich, with the club’s former target looking forward to the game.

“I don’t know about the perfect time [to play United] because there can be a big response from teams who are going through a difficult spell but of course we have to use circumstances to our advantage, as well,” Kane said.

Bayern are unbeaten in 34 Champions League group games, winning their last 13 in a row – both competition records.

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