Niko Kovac was unimpressed with Bayern Munich’s lack of energy despite the Bundesliga champions thumping Mainz 6-1.Jean-Paul Boetius silenced the Allianz Arena on Saturday with the opening goal in the sixth minute.New arrivals Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perisic were handed their first starts and the Croatia international set up Benjamin Pavard for the equaliser half an hour after Mainz’s opener.David Alaba’s stunner put Bayern in front, then Perisic scored a header before Kingsley Coman, Robert Lewandowski and substitute Alphonso Davies secured an ultimately emphatic victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Kovac, though, was criticial of Bayern’s start despite collecting a first home win of the season after being held by Hertha Berlin in their opener.”We were too lethargic until the first cooling break,” Kovac told Bayern’s official club website.”We didn’t find a reply to Mainz’s aggression, we thought it would be easy. Then our passing was quicker, we lured our opponents into the centre and had good moves on the wings.”David Alaba’s goal before the break was crucial. It was over when we scored our fourth goal. We go into the two-week international break happy.”Alaba’s brilliant free-kick proved a key moment in the game and the Austria international agreed with Kovac’s assessment of the game.”We struggled to get into the game in the first 20 minutes; we weren’t aggressive enough, we weren’t quick enough,” Alaba added.”We also made a few mistakes, it’s difficult then. Mainz did a very good job. We got a grip after the first cooling break.”I’m proud to be part of this team. Everyone hits the gas in training, you can see everyone loves football. And when we put it into practice as a unit at the weekend it’s great of course.”The international break offers a chance for Mainz to regroup, with Sandro Schwarz’s side bottom of the table having conceded 12 goals in three games, scoring only twice.”There’s no point lamenting and creating unrest, not for us, not for the club,” said Mainz defender Alexander Hack. “We must keep going, we now have two weeks to question things and to work.”
Jose Mourinho once branded himself “the Special One” and Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay says the Portuguese remains “very special” to him, despite departing Old Trafford.An experienced coach established a reputation as one of the finest tacticians in world football across spells at the likes of Porto, Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid.That standing took a hit during an ill-fated stint in Manchester, which saw him relieved of his duties in December 2018 after failing to deliver the results expected at an ambitious club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Mourinho did capture three trophies in his debut campaign, but saw United fail to build from that point as the struggles now making life difficult for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer began to take hold.The 56-year-old has faced accusations of leaving the Red Devils in a weaker position than when he arrived, but McTominay will be forever grateful to a manager who gave him his big senior break .The Scotland international told Sky Sports of a former boss who continues to divide opinion: “Jose is very special to me. He still keeps in contact with me now and keeps in touch after some games.“He’ll always have a special place in mine and my family’s heart because he’s the one who brought you in, he was the one who trusted you, he was the one who had belief in you.“I owe a tremendous amount of credit to him because if it wasn’t for him I might not necessarily be sitting in this seat.”While Mourinho opened a first-team door for McTominay, the 22-year-old midfielder accepts that he owes a debt of gratitude to many of those behind the scenes at Old Trafford.He added: “I wouldn’t be at this football club if it wasn’t for Paul McGuiness, Dave Bushall, Tony Whelan and people like that who show an absolutely ridiculous amount of patience with somebody who can’t even play an U18 game because he’s growing, his legs are stretching and he’s got no co-ordination.“Yeah they need to be patient. Off the pitch as well they have to be patient with you as well. There’s a lot of different things with school and in your education and your digs you’re staying in.“Dave Bushall had to change my digs like three or four times because my mum at home wasn’t happy or whatever. It’s amazing the level of work they go to, to ensure that every family and every player is happy. It’s incredible and a real credit to the academy and the staff here as well.”Having come through those challenges to earn recognition at United, McTominay is hoping to help the club get back to where they once were .The 13-time Premier League champions have endured a humbling fall from grace, with Solskjaer now facing questions of his ongoing presence, and the challenge is to bring positivity back to the ranks.“Smiling comes from winning. That’s the way life is,” McTominay added, with United currently sat 12th in the English top-flight table.“When you’re doing well everyone wants to smile and everybody is pleased. That’s where we want to get to as a group. Hopefully in the next few games we can do that as well.”United will get the chance to put smiles on a few faces on Sunday when they return to action after the international break with a home date against title-chasing Liverpool. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.