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The most stunning result in European football this past weekend was Eintracht Frankfurt’s 5-1 demolition of Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. That kind of blowout simply doesn’t happen to the club that have won 11 straight league titles. After the match, Thomas Muller said that he expected his team-mates to use their frustrations over the result as an “engine of anger” over the next few weeks.
So for Manchester United, who must beat Bayern tonight to have any hope of progressing to the Champions League’s round of 16, that result is largely bad news. What had been a dead rubber from the Bavarian perspective, having already won Group A, has suddenly turned into the type of “We need to show a reaction” game that often sees them at their focused best.