Bayern are currently preparing for the new Bundesliga season as they look to retain their title yet again.After a host of showpiece friendlies around the world in recent weeks, the German giants took on local amateur side Rottach tonight, promptly recording a 20-2 victory.Effectively all of the club’s top stars were given game-time in the resounding win but Boating was conspicuous by his absence on the pitch.Manuel Neuer and Serge Gnabry were also left on the bench for the friendly but that was expected with both still nursing slight injuries.
Boateng, however, is fully fit but didn’t play any minutes despite facing United in their 1-0 win on Sunday.It comes as the Germany international continues to be linked with a blockbuster move to Old Trafford on deadline day.Boateng’s lack of action tonight could suggest that he was not in the right frame of mind to play amid the speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.Bayern, meanwhile, neglected to name their defender in their match report.
United are keen on a loan deal given Boateng’s injury issues in recent years.And while the player is keen to move, Bayern want a permanent deal if they are to let their man go.The two clubs remain in talks but United are running out of time to get a deal done.The Red Devils are desperate to sign a new centre-back before tomorrow’s 5pm deadline but Jose Mourinho’s side have found it difficult to get any deals done.
Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham are also targets but Boateng appears the most likely at this late stage.With United eager to land Boating, top pundit Shaka Hislop believes he would bring vital leadership to Mourinho’s ranks.“I’m not so sure Man United are that great defensively,” the former West Ham goalkeeper told ESPN. “Their statistics stack up quite well because of the performances of David de Gea between the sticks for them.
“When you have a look at the centre-backs they have on their roster, [Marcos] Rojo, [Eric] Bailly, [Chris] Smalling, [Phil] Jones, [Victor] Lindelof, there’s not a lot there to fill you with confidence. “I think, despite Boateng’s injuries, one thing he does bring to United that they don’t have is leadership.“Whatever you make of the talent in Manchester United’s line-up or certainly their back four, particularly the two centre halves, they don’t have leadership. “I think Boateng makes them better in that regard, he makes them better.”