Bayern Munich look to restart the Bundesliga in a big way — Bundesliga

Bayern Munich look to restart the Bundesliga in a big way — Bundesliga

Manchester United have debunked reports, which claimed that club officials met with Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola in Paris last week, to discuss the possibility of him replacing Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

"It was not my intention to offend anybody", he said. Kingsley Coman was the exception, but Bayern were otherwise lacking their usual sharpness in attack and athletic edge. I have a relationship with the players of Manchester United. "Of course it is something special to play against Bayern", said defender Cleber Reis. Hamburg will also want to avenge their 5-0 hammering earlier in the season. The defensive challenge for Hamburg may be even tougher if Johan Djourou, who is questionable with knee issues, is unable to play with Emir Spahic already sidelined with a stommach muscle tear.

Meister Of The Match: Robert Lewandowski. Lahm has only 22 cautions in 348 Bundesliga games. The kid has definitely not lost a step over the winter break. "We knew we weren't at our best level but we knew we were at a level where we could compete and win the game".

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There have been conflicting reports on whether talks between Pep Guardiola and United have actually occurred yet or not. Adler picked up Hamburg's third yellow card and Lewandowski's score was Bayern's only shot on goal in the first half.

After conceding a fluke equalizer, Bayern benefited from another odd goal.

Bayern Munich look to restart the Bundesliga in a big way — Bundesliga

If United have a master-plan to counteract the oncoming onslaught then good luck to them, but no-one has seen any evidence of it yet.

FW Robert Lewandowski, 8 - Efficient. They remain safely on course to a record fourth consecutive German championship, but failed to impress in their first competitive match in over a month.

"It was important for us to start the year with a win", said Bayern winger Arjen Robben, who came on for the final 10 minutes.

The team now sits 11 ahead of Borussia Dortmund heading in to the glut of weekend Bundesliga matches.

"That's the manager the majority of fans would want and I still believe United have the history, tradition and global presence to be attractive to Guardiola".

Mark Lovell is a Germany-based journalist who covers the Bundesliga for ESPN FC and BBC Sport.

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