MANCHESTER UNITED fans claim even Phil Jones would keep Dayot Upamecano off the bench as their former transfer had an Etihad nightmare.

Upamecano blundered for City‘s second goal in their 3-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Bayern Munich.

Dayot Upamecano reflects on his and Bayern's woe after Man City triumphed 3-0


Dayot Upamecano reflects on his and Bayern’s woe after Man City triumphed 3-0Credit: AFP
Jack Grealish robbed Upamecano, leading to Bernardo Silva making it 2-0


Jack Grealish robbed Upamecano, leading to Bernardo Silva making it 2-0Credit: Alamy

The France centre-back has previously been linked to United, Chelsea and Arsenal, as well as Real Madrid last year.

But Old Trafford supporters celebrated missing out on him after Bayern’s bashing, insisting he wouldn’t even make United‘s match-day squad.

One called the 24-year-old’s display “disaster class” and another reckoned the ex-RB Leipzig star would “never start” if he joined the Red Devils.

But this suggestion was the most damning: “Upamecano would be holding the bench for Phil Jones if they played together for a Championship club.

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“Guy fumbles under pressure. I swear his mistakes would be scrutinised so much more by pundits, media, & fans if he was English.”

And as City outclassed the German champions, one fan argued: “He is made for the Bundesliga only.”

Ex-England centre-back Jones, 31, has been a bit-part player for the Red Devils in recent seasons, with injuries heightening some harsh criticism.

But there’s little even the best defender in the world could have done about City’s opener, a sublime curler from Rodri on 27 minutes.


Then came possibly Upamecano’s worst moment.

He was dispossessed by Jack Grealish, leading to Erling Haaland crossing for Bernardo Silva to nod Pep Guardiola’s men 2-0 up.

Haaland was again too sharp for Bayern soon after, nipping in to complete the romp.

The supreme finisher now has 45 goals across all competitions – the most ever by a Premier League player in a season.

And he’s set to smash all sorts of Champions League figures too, having already netted 34 goals in 24 games in Europe’s top club competition.

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