Manchester United are out to win the Europa League, insists Sir Alex

Manchester United manager insists his side will give it their all in the Europa League following their Champions League exit

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Ferguson's side crashed out of the Champions League in midweek Photo: The Sport Review

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Sir Alex Ferguson once again admitted his disappointment at Manchester United’s Champions League exit – but then insisted his side will set out to win the Europa League.

United were eliminated from Europe’s elite club competition at the group stage on Wednesday following their 2-1 defeat by Basel and in the aftermath of that game Ferguson had claimed that playing in the Europa League was his side’s “penalty” for not advancing from Group C.

However, Ferguson has moved to clarify his remarks and says his side will be fully focused on securing the Europa League title when they begin their campaign in the new year.

“The Europa League is a good competition and a strong competition,” Ferguson, whose side host Wolves on Saturday, told a news conference. “You only need to look at the teams left in it.

“I made the point the other night that it’s a punishment for us to be in the Europa League. What I mean by that is for 20 years this club has only thought about the Champions League. We’ve only thought about winning that European Cup.

“That’s the punishment in terms of the disappointment of not being able to challenge for it this year, especially having been in three finals in the last four years. It’s not a slight against the Europa League – it’s a competition we want to win. We’re in it and we’ll try to win it.”

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