‘Frightened’ Man United out of Europe with a whimper

“I feel it was a frightened efficiency greater than something,” mentioned ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes.

Manchester United bowed out of Europe with a whimper as a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich rounded off a depressing Champions League marketing campaign that has put Erik ten Hag’s future as supervisor unsure.

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United have misplaced 12 of their opening 24 video games of the season – a run that has additionally ended their defence of the League Cup and sees them languishing sixth within the Premier League.

It’s simply the fourth time an English membership has completed backside of a Champions League group.

Solely Manchester Metropolis in 2012 — in a troublesome part involving Actual Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax — have ever taken fewer factors than the 4 United managed in Group A.

The true injury was not performed in opposition to the German champions, who had been in a position to coast to victory regardless of having already certified earlier than their journey to England.

When the draw was made, many noticed United cruising by way of alongside Bayern in a gaggle that additionally contained FC Copenhagen and Galatasaray.

“It’s an enormous membership and never what you anticipate whenever you see the group,” mentioned Bayern boss Thomas Tuchel. “You instantly anticipate Man United is difficult to win the group.”

However the three-time European champions gained simply considered one of 4 conferences in opposition to Copenhagen and Galatasaray, conceding 11 objectives within the course of.

In each away video games they let two-goal leads slip away.

“To attain three objectives in every of their away video games and never come away with a lot factors, it’s felony,” former United defender Rio Ferdinand instructed TNT Sports activities.

“You get what you deserve. In case you’re not medical or you’ll be able to’t shut matches out.”

Nonetheless, there was no such menace on Tuesday as United mustered only one shot on track — a long-range effort early on from Luke Shaw that was simply saved by Manuel Neuer.

“I feel it was a frightened efficiency greater than something,” mentioned ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes.

“There was such an absence of aim menace.”

– Worse to come back? –

After a promising first season in cost, Ten Hag’s tenure at Outdated Trafford is unravelling in its second yr.

The previous Ajax boss is struggling to battle the mix of an harm disaster, underperforming star names and reported dressing room unrest.

Worse might but be to come back earlier than the top of the yr for Ten Hag as his beleaguered aspect go to Liverpool and West Ham earlier than internet hosting Premier League shock bundle Aston Villa within the subsequent fortnight.

Shaw and Harry Maguire had to get replaced because of accidents, including to a prolonged record of key absences.

Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro missed nearly all of the Champions League marketing campaign.

Marcus Rashford was additionally unavailable in opposition to Bayern, however had been dropped by Ten Hag of late because of his depressing type.

“Why did this occur?” Ten Hag added. “We’re dropping gamers and dropping gamers who’re very decisive.

“In lots of video games it was the case on this marketing campaign that we didn’t have gamers accessible. That could be a cause, however not an excuse.”

The choice to pursue the potential of Rasmus Hojlund as a substitute of launching a bid for Harry Kane in the summertime switch window appears ever extra questionable.

Kane failed so as to add to his 22 objectives in his debut season at Bayern on Tuesday.

However the England captain was nonetheless influential as his move arrange the profitable aim for Kingsley Coman.

Hojlund is but to attain within the Premier League and has solely netted in considered one of his final 13 United appearances.

Nonetheless, Ten Hag referred to as on the younger Dane and the remainder of his aspect to study from a bruising Champions League expertise and ensure they’re again within the competitors subsequent season.

“There are nonetheless any issues to play for. Now we are able to deal with the Premier League,” added Ten Hag.

“That is the extent we wish to play, the Champions League, so we’ve got to offer each effort to be within the high 4 in order that subsequent yr we’re again within the Champions League.”

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