Both Bayern Munich and Man Utd going for the treble
Bayern Munich’s starting eleven was as follows: Oliver Kahn in goal, Lothar Matthaus playing as a sweeper behind a back four of Markus Babbel, Samuel Kuffour, Thomas Linke and Michael Tarnat.
Stefan Effenberg and Jens Jeremies played in central midfield with Alexander Zickler and Mario Basler supporting lone striker Carsten Jancker.
Alex Ferguson had to shuffle his squad as he was unable to select his usual midfield pair. Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were suspended after receiving a yellow card in the semi-final second leg against Juventus.
Ferguson picked the following starting line-up: Peter Schmeichel in goal, a back four of Gary Neville, Dennis Irwin, Ronny Johnsen and Jaap Stam.
A midfield of Nicky Butt, David Beckham, Jesper Blomqvist and Ryan Giggs with Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole up front.
Bayern take the lead
The first goal of the game came after just five minutes. Bayern were given a free kick on the edge of the United box after Ronny Johnsen had fouled Carsten Jancker.
Mario Basler placed the ball and struck his shot low and past the wall into the far corner.
The shot was not hit with great power and didn’t go right into the corner but Peter Schmeichel didn’t move. He must’ve been unsighted but it was the worst possible start for United.
There was very little goalmouth incident after the opening goal. Bayern seemed happy with their lead and sat back allowing United possession.
Man Utd saw a lot of the ball in the first half but failed to threaten Oliver Kahn’s goal. Andy Cole and Ryan Giggs had half chances blocked but it was Bayern who looked the more dangerous team.
Carsten Jancker was a constant thorn in the side of United’s defenders. His size and clever movement were demanding much attention from United and it allowed space for Alexander Zickler to come close with a long range effort.
That was the way the first half finished and Alex Ferguson knew his team would have to play more incisive football if they were going to break through the stubborn Bayern defence.
At least he had good attacking options on the bench in Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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