Nani: I wept like a kid after Man United’s Champions League exit

Nani reveals the Manchester United dressing room was "like a funeral" following the Red Devils' Champions League exit

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Nani says Manchester United's Champions League exit is like a "nightmare" Photo: The Sport Review

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Nani admits he “wept like a kid” following Manchester United’s shock elimination from the Champions League in midweek.

United were dumped out of Europe’s elite club competition at the group stage following their 2-1 defeat in Basel on Wednesday, relegating Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to the Europa League.

But the Portugal international is convinced the Red Devils will bounce back from the setback, which he believes will allow them to focus on their bid to retain the Premier League title.

“I wept like a kid in the dressing room in Basel,” Nani told the Daily Star. “All of my team-mates were also affected because nobody could quite believe that we had been knocked out at just the group stage. It was like hell in there.

“This defeat and the loss at Wembley in the final last May have been the worst two days in my United career.

“I am so sad about what has happened. It is almost unbelievable. The dressing room in Basel was like a funeral.”

He added: “This squad is one which is ready to win big titles, so to go out like this is a complete nightmare.

“We know we are better than some of the other teams, so it is hard to be able to work out exactly how this has happened.

“I do not think that we were too arrogant or complacent. United are a team which always respects their opponents.

“We are damaged but this is the moment for us to soar, and try and bounce back.

“Now the Premier League is our main objective. It is necessary to be champions. But the boss is a man who knows how to pick his players up and will help us get back on track.”

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