Marcel Sabitzer stole the show as Bayern Munich steamrollered non-league opposition in a pre-season friendly.
When German teams are good, they are ruthless. Many will recall the national team’s 8-0 win over Saudi Arabia in World Cup 2022, and more famously, their 7-1 victory over Brazil in 2014.
Bayern Munich famously struck 10 goals over two legs against Arsenal twice, before smashing Barcelona 8-2.
When they get the opportunity to play friendly matches, it turns even more one-sided, with former Manchester United midfielder Marcel Sabitzer playing a punishing role yesterday.
Marcel Sabitzer scores five
Marcel Sabitzer played his first game for Bayern Munich since his loan spell at Manchester United came to an end.
Bayern were paying non-league side Rottach-Egern, a team they beat 23-0 in a friendly match in 2019.
This time they surpassed that scoreline, thrashing the minnows by a score of 27-0.
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Sabitzer led the way in the second half, scoring five goals in the second half, netting in the 50th, 64th, 66th, 71st and 72nd minute.
There were 13 different goalscorers, with Jamal Musiala matching Sabitzer’s five goals.
It was a staggeringly one-sided win. You could argue not a lot was gained from it, but in terms of confidence and enjoyment, it will have got Bayern’s pre-season off to an exciting start for the players, with tougher tasks ahead.
Marcel Sabitzer future unclear
Manchester United signed Marcel Sabitzer in the January transfer window as cover for Christian Eriksen, who was out injured.
Sabitzer had his moments, scoring three goals, however, he missed the FA Cup final due to injury.
His future at Bayern is unclear, considering he was viewed as expendable in January, so his five goals, even in a friendly, will have helped show what he can do.
It is not currently thought Manchester United would re-sign him, however, if injuries or lack of funds elsewhere dictate that a late window addition is required, Erik ten Hag at least knows what he can do.