Man Utd deserved to make Europa League exit, admits Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United can have no complaints following their 5-2 aggregate defeat by Athletic Bilbao

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
sir alex ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson's side are one point ahead of Manchester City in the league The Sport Review

sir alex ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson admits Manchester United can have no complaints about their Europa League exit after Athletic Bilbao eased to a 2-1 victory at San Memes on Thursday night.

The English champions needed to overturn a 3-2 deficit following the first leg of their last-16 tie at Old Trafford last week – but Fernando Llorente’s 23rd-minute volley handed the La Liga outfit an early lead and made United’s task much more difficult.

Bilbao then sealed their progression into the quarter-finals courtesy of Oscar de Marcos’s deflected goal after 65 minutes, with Wayne Rooney’s stunning strike merely a consolation.

“There are always lessons to learn from every football match, whether you win or lose,” said Ferguson.

“It’s disappointing more than anything. We haven’t progressed in the Champions League and now we’re out of the Europa League. I think the best team went through. I don’t think we can complain.”

With the Premier League title now United’s only chance of silverware this term, the 70-year-old added: “It’s not a sense of relief going out of Europe because we still have 10 games to play in the league and that’s a long way to go until you can win a title.

“Obviously we now have to make sure we win on Sunday against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

“We decided to take off Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and, eventually, Ryan Giggs because we have to think about Sunday.”

MORE:

MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Nitto ATP Finals: Grigor Dimitrov beats Jack Sock into final to scale new heights in London
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Wenger told Arsenal should sign top 28-year-old star to replace Sanchez
The Sport Review
Nitto ATP Finals: David Goffin ends Roger Federer’s dream season for shot at own fairytale ending
The Sport Review
Mesut Ozil rates Alexis Sanchez’s display in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Tottenham