Ashley Young: This is why Man United were knocked out of the Champions League
Ashley Young reflects on Manchester United's Champions League exit on Tuesday night
Ashley Young believes that Manchester United’s Champions League elimination was down to their poor form in the lead-up to Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat by Wolfsburg in Germany.
The Red Devils have been parachuted down into the Europa League after slumping to a disappointing defeat by the Bundesliga outfit.
United ended up in third place in their group, finishing behind winners Wolfsburg and runners-up PSV Eindhoven.
Louis van Gaal’s side squandered the chance to book their place in the last 16 with a game to spare when they were held to a goalless draw by PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford last month.
And Young feels that United’s Champions League elimination was the culmination of a poor overall group-stage campaign.
Young told United’s website: “I think what has cost us is not winning the games when we should have done, like PSV Eindhoven at home.
“We had the chance to win that and we would have gone through on the night if we had. So it could have been a totally different story going into the Wolfsburg match.”
The Red Devils must now turn their attentions back to domestic affairs and their Premier League trip to Bournemouth on Saturday. United are currently in fourth place in the top flight table.
“We’ve got great character and a great team spirit, so I don’t think that will happen [a drop in form],” he continued.
“We are fully aware of what will happen [to our fixture list] and we are disappointed but we have to dust ourselves down and go again on Saturday.”