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Bayern's Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his side's third goal from a penalty kick during the Champions League Group A match against Manchester United on Wednesday. Image Credit: AP

Munich: Harry Kane continued his successful start to life with Bayern Munich in Wednesday’s Champions League win over Manchester united, but late defensive slip-ups showed Thomas Tuchel’s side remains a work in progress.

Bayern led 2-0 at half-time and 3-1 with two minutes remaining, but only just held on to win 4-3 after a late United rally.

The late lapse was similar to Bayern’s 2-2 home draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Friday, where the German champions twice led but were pegged back — eventually sharing the spoils after a late injury time penalty.

Motivation to move to Germany

Kane, who famously has yet to win a trophy in his career, was open about his desire for team success as a motivation for his move to Bayern.

Bayern broke the bank to bring Kane to Germany, spending €100 million ($108 million) to smash their transfer record.

But like Bayern, who have won the past 11 Bundesliga titles, Kane’s lust for silverware will not be satisfied with domestic success.

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Bayern Munich's Jamal Musiala (left) vies with Manchester United's Casemiro. Image Credit: AFP

Since defeating Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final in 2020, Bayern have been eliminated at the quarter-final stage in each of the past three seasons.

On the evidence of Wednesday night’s late loss of concentration, the side still has significant room for improvement, particularly in a match-up with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City juggernaut.

‘Big price tag’

Before the match, Tuchel told reporters “with time (Kane) will make the players around him better. He will learn how to make them shine.”

The England captain’s impact was telling early and it was fitting that Leroy Sane, a player reborn this season with five goals in his last seven matches for club and country, would be the one to benefit.

After scoring a second-half penalty against United, Kane has five goals from five Bayern starts, while also proving a creative presence in build-up play.

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Manchester United players react after the narrow loss to Bayern Munich. Image Credit: AFP

The England captain spoke openly about his “price tag” after the match, acknowledging the expectations placed on him, both from inside and outside the German champions.

Big competition

“Whenever there is a big price tag on your name, there is expectation and you want to repay the club who has put faith in you,” Kane said.

“It’s been really good to start the way I have. It’s a big competition and we are one of the favourites but first of all we need to get the job done in the group.”

The six-time European champions have now won 20 opening Champions League fixtures in a row.

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Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana in action. Image Credit: Reuters

Sterner challenges ahead

In that time, they had conceded just two goals - one fewer than they conceded in the second-half on Wednesday.

Bayern will face sterner challenges than Erik ten Hag’s struggling Manchester United.

“It was a good start here tonight,” said Kane. “Come the new year, hopefully we are in a good place and can look forward to those knockout games.”