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Donny Van de Beek reckons United’s performance was “not good enough” following the team’s 3-1 surprise loss to Crystal.

The Old Trafford debutant scored his side’s only goal in his first Premier League game for the Red Devils.

The former Ajax came off the bench to net for United in the 67th minute.

Van de Beek told MUTV: “‘That was not good enough today. Last week in training, it looked really good.

“There was lots of quality and we played fast but today we played too slowly.”

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How Bayern Munich are shaping up for the defence of their Champions League crown

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Bayern Munich are back in Champions League action less than 60 days after conquering PSG in last season’s final – and Hansi Flick’s men are aiming to become only the second team in the competition’s history to retain their European crown.

A lot has happened since that unprecedented final in Lisbon, which saw the biggest game in club football staged behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While spectators are starting to filter back in across Europe, Bayern boss Flick will be hoping for more of the same on the pitch when they kick off their title defence against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening.

Bayern Munich kick off their Champions League title defence against Atletico Madrid tonight

Bayern Munich kick off their Champions League title defence against Atletico Madrid tonight

Bayern Munich kick off their Champions League title defence against Atletico Madrid tonight

Bayern boss Hansi Flick has enjoyed a successful start to campaign but there are a few issues

Bayern boss Hansi Flick has enjoyed a successful start to campaign but there are a few issues

Bayern boss Hansi Flick has enjoyed a successful start to campaign but there are a few issues

Diego Simeone’s men will be well aware of the threat the German giants pose, after they humiliated Barcelona 8-2 on the way to the final in August.

Bayern’s triumph capped off a remarkable transformation under Flick, who took over from the sacked Niko Kovac before Christmas last year before going on to secure a memorable treble in dominant fashion.

However, while they may have already wrapped up two more bits of silverware since the start of this season, their campaign hasn’t been as smooth as many predicted.

Bu what’s been going on? Who’s arrived and who’s departed and what can Atletico expect going into the game?

Here, Sportsmail gives you a lowdown on the Champions League winners ahead of their European season-opener in Munich.

They’ve been leaking goals – but also can’t stop scoring

After having a reduced pre-season as a result of their European success, Flick had just 26 days from the final in Lisbon until the start of the Bundesliga campaign.

And the German giants picked up where they left off as they completely destroyed fierce rivals Schalke 8-0 on the opening day of the season.

A hat-trick for Serge Gnabry and debut goal for Leroy Sane rounded off a superb team performance, with the result spelling more dread for their Bundesliga rivals.

However, nine days later, Bayern went on to suffer a shocking 4-1 defeat away to Hoffenheim, leaving the reigning champions stunned after dominating 72 per cent of possession at the Rhein-Neckar Arena.

Bayern completely destroyed fierce rivals Schalke 8-0 on the opening day of the season

Bayern completely destroyed fierce rivals Schalke 8-0 on the opening day of the season

Bayern completely destroyed fierce rivals Schalke 8-0 on the opening day of the season

While Bayern have since recovered from the Hoffenheim defeat, the fact that they’ve been leaking goals still remains an ever-present problem for Flick.

A week after shipping four goals to Die Kraichgauer, Bayern went on to concede three more against Hertha Berlin and then another goal against the newly-promoted Arminia after the international break.

It means that Bayern have conceded a staggering eight goals in their opening four games – a quarter of the amount of goals they concede during the whole of last season’s Bundesliga campaign.

Luis Suarez, Diego Felix and Diego Costa will be licking their lips when they arrive at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night but Simeone will also be fretting about Bayern’s firepower up front.

However the German champions can't stop conceding and a 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim followed

However the German champions can't stop conceding and a 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim followed

However the German champions can’t stop conceding and a 4-1 defeat to Hoffenheim followed

The went to concede three more times in a 4-3 win over Hertha Berlin earlier this month

The went to concede three more times in a 4-3 win over Hertha Berlin earlier this month

The went to concede three more times in a 4-3 win over Hertha Berlin earlier this month

Despite conceding goals at a rapid rate, Bayern have been firing on all cylinders up the opposite end and have racked up 17 league goals already this season.

Robert Lewandowski already has seven goals to his name in the Bundesliga while Sane and Gnabry make up a frightening front three for the Bavarian side.

Against Simeone’s defensively-sound team, it will very much be a case of an  unstoppable force meeting the immovable object.

Two more titles arrive in Bavaria

While Bayern fans will be concerned with their side’s leaky defence, they will be delighted to have added two more pieces of silverware to their already-stacked trophy cabinet.

Following their triumph in the Champions League, Bayern went on to meet Europa League winners Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup at the Puskas Arena in Hungary last month.

After going 1-0 down to a 13th-minute Lucas Ocampos penalty, Bayern equalised soon after to force the game into extra time.

Bayern Munich beat Europa League champions Sevilla to win the UEFA Super Cup in Hungary

Bayern Munich beat Europa League champions Sevilla to win the UEFA Super Cup in Hungary

They went on to beat Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling 3-2 final for the DFL-Supercup less than a week later

They went on to beat Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling 3-2 final for the DFL-Supercup less than a week later

Bayern have added the UEFA Super Cup (left) and DFL-Supercup (right) to their cabinet already

Seconds before the interval in extra time, veteran Javi Martinez headed in the winner to continue the club’s hot-streak in European competitions.

Six days later, they were in another final and it was another final win for Flick and his men as they beat old foes Borussia Dortmund 3-2 in the DFL-Supercup, with Joshua Kimmich scoring an unorthodox winner late on.

After their treble success last season, Bayern fans will be dreaming of going one better this season – and they’re already well on their way. 

Has Alphonso Davies lost his spark?

After playing a starring role in Bayern’s treble-winning campaign, Alphonso Davies is now destined for greatness after establishing himself as one of the world’s best left-backs.

The Canadian teenager earned a spot on the shortlist for Tuttosport’s Golden Boy award as he terrorised defences throughout Germany and Europe. 

However, the 19-year-old appears to be suffering a hangover from his sensational breakout season and is now struggling to nail down his spot in the starting XI this season. 

Bayern boss Flick (right) admitted that Alphonso Davies' (left) form has dropped off this season

Bayern boss Flick (right) admitted that Alphonso Davies' (left) form has dropped off this season

Bayern boss Flick (right) admitted that Alphonso Davies’ (left) form has dropped off this season

Bayern boss Flick opted to start Lucas Hernandez at left-back over him in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Arminia and is now facing a fight to win his place back.  

‘Alphonso’s form dropped a bit,’ Flick said in his Tuesday press conference. ‘But he gets all our support. We benefit from his pace, his energy. 

‘It’s important he gets back on track. It’s a bit normal to see a young player go through such a spell following an incredible season. We will support and help him.’

Deadline-day drama and summer dealings

It was a busy window for Bayern who have been known to drive a hard bargain in the transfer market.

After a long tussle with Manchester City, the Bundesliga champions finally got a move for Sane over the line, with the winger completing a £55million switch in July.

However, while a move for Sane was conducted in the opening few days of the window, Bayern left it until 48 hours before the deadline to bring in four more men.

The arrivals of Bouna Sarr, Marc Roca and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting were capped off by Douglas Costa’s return to the club on loan from Juventus.

Bayern left it late in the transfer window to conduct most of their business as they brought in Marc Roca (centre) on a free while Douglas Costa (left) arrived on loan from Juventus

Bayern left it late in the transfer window to conduct most of their business as they brought in Marc Roca (centre) on a free while Douglas Costa (left) arrived on loan from Juventus

Bayern left it late in the transfer window to conduct most of their business as they brought in Marc Roca (centre) on a free while Douglas Costa (left) arrived on loan from Juventus

Bouna Sarr (left) and ex-PSG and Stoke striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (right) also arrived

Bouna Sarr (left) and ex-PSG and Stoke striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (right) also arrived

Bouna Sarr (left) and ex-PSG and Stoke striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (right) also arrived

The Brazilian enjoyed two years at the Allianz from 2015 to 2017 before making his loan move to Turin in 2017 a permanent one a year later.

Flick has added plenty of depth to an already-stacked squad but it remains to be seen what impact Thiago’s departure to Liverpool will have.

The Spaniard played an integral role in Bayern’s success last season as he pulled the strings from midfield and has now left the midfield duties in the capable hands of Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.

Coronavirus scare puts Bayern on red alert

It was announced earlier this week that Serge Gnabry had contracted the coronavirus, seeing him ruled out of the Atletico clash on Wednesday.

However, the club are now fearing that he may have infected others after he was pictured in training with a number of team-mates just hours before he tested positive for COVID-19.

As reported by Bild, Gnabry was pictured completing a contact stretching exercise with defender David Alaba as well as running alongside and competing against other members of the squad.

Bayern will be without Serge Gnabry for Atletico clash after he tested positive for coronavirus

Bayern will be without Serge Gnabry for Atletico clash after he tested positive for coronavirus

Bayern will be without Serge Gnabry for Atletico clash after he tested positive for coronavirus

Bayern fear more players could test positive for Covid-19 after Gnabry's (left) positive test

Bayern fear more players could test positive for Covid-19 after Gnabry's (left) positive test

Bayern fear more players could test positive for Covid-19 after Gnabry’s (left) positive test

The report goes on to claim that 25 players took part in training but the strict hygiene rules mean the club are optimistic the game with Atletico will not be under threat.  

UEFA rules state matches will be played if each team has at least 13 professionals (including at least one goalkeeper) available.

Bayern reportedly now want to test players even more closely, with each squad member to be tested before boarding the team bus on Wednesday as they look to get control of the issue.

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Mesut Ozil SLAMS Arsenal for a lack of ‘loyalty’ after being left out of Premier League squad

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Mesut Ozil has broken his silence on his exile from the Arsenal squad after being left out of their 25-man Premier League squad, admitting he is ‘deeply disappointed’ by Mikel Arteta’s decision and hit out at the club’s lack of ‘loyalty’.

The German midfielder has not featured for the Gunners since before the Premier League restarted from coronavirus lockdown but has fallen far down the pecking order under Arteta – with his exclusion from his domestic squad the latest blow. 

The £350,000-a-week star has spoken out on social media to give a passionate message to Arsenal fans, revealing how he has been ‘saddened’ to be left out of the team and that his ‘allegiance’ to the club is not being reciprocated.   

Mesut Ozil has slammed Arsenal's lack of 'loyalty' after being left out of their domestic squad

Mesut Ozil has slammed Arsenal's lack of 'loyalty' after being left out of their domestic squad

Mesut Ozil has slammed Arsenal’s lack of ‘loyalty’ after being left out of their domestic squad

The German midfielder has fallen far down the pecking order under manager Mikel Arteta

The German midfielder has fallen far down the pecking order under manager Mikel Arteta

 The German midfielder has fallen far down the pecking order under manager Mikel Arteta 

‘This is a difficult message to write to the @Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years,’ he wrote. 

‘I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the @PremierLeague season for the time being. 

‘Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated. As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays. I’ve always tried to remain positive from week to week that there’s maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That’s why I kept silent so far.’

Ozil said he was 'deeply disappointed' to be left out but vowed to keep fighting for his place

Ozil said he was 'deeply disappointed' to be left out but vowed to keep fighting for his place

Ozil said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ to be left out but vowed to keep fighting for his place 

The 32-year-old said he was pleased with his progress under Arteta when he arrived last year before being left surprised after the Spaniard gradually started to leave him out of the first team picture.

He said his relationship with the supporters remained strong and would continue to fight for the club he ‘loves’ – even though he is unlikely to play any competitive football until at least January, with his contract up next summer. 

‘Before the Coronavirus break I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we’ve been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a really good level.

In a message to Arsenal fans, he praised his connection with supporters and insisted that London 'still feels like home'

In a message to Arsenal fans, he praised his connection with supporters and insisted that London 'still feels like home'

In a message to Arsenal fans, he praised his connection with supporters and insisted that London ‘still feels like home’

He has not played a game for the Gunners since before the coronavirus outbreak in March

He has not played a game for the Gunners since before the coronavirus outbreak in March

He has not played a game for the Gunners since before the coronavirus outbreak in March

‘But then things changed, again, and I was not longer allowed to play football for Arsenal. What else can I say? London still feels like home, I still have many good friends in this team, and I still feel a strong connection with the fans of this club. 

‘No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my 8th season at Arsenal end like this.  I can promise you that this hard decision won’t change anything in my mindset – I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice.’

Ozil, who has also been excluded from Arteta’s Europa League squad, has faced increasing uncertainty at the club this year, with fans and pundits claiming there may be no way back for the former Real Madrid playmaker.

He came under fire during lockdown for refusing to take a pay-cut on his eye-watering salary, before offering to pay the wages of club mascot Gunnersaurus – a gesture which club icon Paul Merson said made Arsenal look ‘stupid’.

MESUT OZIL STATEMENT IN FULL 

This is a difficult message to write to the @Arsenal fans that I’ve played for over the past few years. I’m really deeply disappointed by the fact that I have not been registered for the @PremierLeague season for the time being. 

Upon signing my new contract in 2018, I pledged my loyalty and allegiance to the club that I love, Arsenal, and it saddens me that this has not been reciprocated. As I have just found out, loyalty is hard to come by nowadays. I’ve always tried to remain positive from week to week that there’s maybe a chance to get back in the squad soon again. That’s why I kept silent so far. 

Before the Coronavirus break I was really happy with the development under our new coach Mikel Arteta – we’ve been on a positive way and I would say my performances were on a really good level.

But then things changed, again, and I was not longer allowed to play football for Arsenal. What else can I say? London still feels like home, I still have many good friends in this team, and I still feel a strong connection with the fans of this club. No matter what, I will keep fighting for my chance and not let my 8th season at Arsenal end like this.

I can promise you that this hard decision won’t change anything in my mindset – I will continue to train as best as I can and wherever possible use my voice against inhumanity and for justice.

Mesut 

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The playmaker has been defended by Arsene Wenger, who feels his talented is being wasted

The playmaker has been defended by Arsene Wenger, who feels his talented is being wasted

The playmaker has been defended by Arsene Wenger, who feels his talented is being wasted 

Legendary former manager Arsene Wenger, who brought Ozil to the club for a then-club record £42.5million in 2013, has regularly defended the star and recently claimed Arteta was ‘wasting’ his talent by leaving him on the bench.  

‘I feel it is a waste for him,’ Wenger told the BBC. ‘Firstly because he’s in the years where a player of his talent can produce the most. 

And it’s a waste for the club as well because he’s a super talent, a creative talent that in the final third can create that killer pass. Let’s not forget who this guy is. A world champion who has played at Real Madrid.’ 

However, other former Arsenal players have been damning about his future at the club, with ex-striker Kevin Campbell insisting he is ‘yesterday’s news’, while Martin Keown admitted that there might be no way back for him in Arteta’s squad.

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Petr Cech is YOUNGER than Willy Caballero as retired Chelsea legend makes comeback… but who are oldest PL stars?

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CHELSEA stunned the footballing world by announcing Petr Cech in their 25-man Premier League squad for 2020-21… but he’s actually YOUNGER than Willy Caballero.

The Blues have had a real problem in their goalkeeping ranks in the past season or two.

Caballero and Cech are the oldest players in the Premier League

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Caballero and Cech are the oldest players in the Premier League
Cech has been named in Chelsea's squad, but is not even the oldest player in the team, let alone the league

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Cech has been named in Chelsea’s squad, but is not even the oldest player in the team, let alone the leagueCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Kepa Arrizabalaga – the most-expensive stopper on the planet at £71.6million – has been in abysmal form and looks set to be axed.

Willy Caballero was his understudy last season – but now Frank Lampard has a new No1 in Edouard Mendy.

Despite that, fearful Frank opted to name Chelsea’s technical director Cech in his 25-man group for this season.

Cech who played 494 times for Chelsea between 2004 and 2015 – winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, the Champions League and Europa League (both once).



Since leaving Stamford Bridge, Cech has turned out for Arsenal – and even enjoyed a stint as an ice hockey player for Guildford Phoenix.

But now he has a genuine chance of playing football again.

At the age of 38, the announcement shocked many fans.

Yet, incredibly, the 124-cap Czech Republic legend is actually YOUNGER than new Chelsea team-mate Caballero.

Willy Caballero is the oldest player in the Premier League, aged 39

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Willy Caballero is the oldest player in the Premier League, aged 39Credit: Getty Images – Getty

At 39 years old, Caballero – who played in the 3-3 draw with West Brom last month is the oldest player in the Premier League – with Cech eight months younger.

That means Chelsea have the two oldest players in the top-flight on their books.

And as famous as Lampard has become for his youthful revolution, he has a THIRD player in the top six.

Thiago Silva is the sixth-oldest footballer in the Premier League at a shade over 36 years old.

Thiago Silva also makes the top ten oldest players in the PL, in sixth, aged 36

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Thiago Silva also makes the top ten oldest players in the PL, in sixth, aged 36Credit: PA:Press Association
Phil Jagielka is the oldest outfield player in the Premier League, but is yet to feature in 2020-21

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Phil Jagielka is the oldest outfield player in the Premier League, but is yet to feature in 2020-21Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Veteran defenders Phil Jagielka (Sheff Utd) and Wes Morgan (Leicester) come in third and fourth respectively at 38 years old.

Former Everton defender Jagielka is the oldest outfield player in the Premier League – but is yet to play this season, with just one Carabao Cup game under his belt.

Morgan, meanwhile, is the oldest outfield player to feature in the top-flight this season.

Ex-Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic – now at West Brom – is fifth, aged 36.

From there, there are a hatful of players aged 35 – with Pablo Hernandez (Leeds), Lukasz Fabianski (West Ham), Fernandinho (Man City) and Phil Bardsley (Burnley) completing the top ten.

Chelsea name legend Petr Cech in Premier League squad with 38-year-old set for stunning comeback amid keeper woes

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