Patrice Evra has labelled Manchester United’s exit from the Champions League ‘embarrassing’ and ‘a catastrophe’, BBC
The three time European Champions lost 2-1 at Basel in a game they had to avoid defeat in and now finish third in the group, dropping into the Europa League. United are the first team to be knocked out in the group stages after being in the final the previous season. Exit for United means a loss of up to £20m in revenue and their European fixtures to be played on a Thursday night.
Evra was furious following the exit and has spoken of his desire to play for United in the Champions League, not Europe’s secondary club competition. The Frenchman also believed it was a dream that he is yet to wake up from and when he does, United will be in the Champions League.
‘It feels like a dream. I feel I will wake up tomorrow and we will have qualified. But it is not a dream, it is the reality. We should have woken up earlier in the competition. It is embarrassing to be in the Europa League. I play for Manchester United to be in the Champions League. It’s a catastrophe. We feel very sad, but we deserve to go out’, Evra said.
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