Ferguson insists there are no excuses for Champions League failure

Sir Alex Ferguson had no excuses for his side’s astonishing exit from the Champions League last night, manutd.com reports.

United lost to Swiss champions Basel in a game they had to avoid defeat in and saw their dreams of another Champions League final go up in smoke. The Premier League champions now face Europa League football for the first time next year and that presents a new challenge for Ferguson. The Europa League is a trophy United have never won.

Ferguson was disappointed that his side could not turn their possession into a positive result and creates a problem for the champions. They will have to play Thursday and then Sunday for the remainder of the time they are in the tournament and the United boss believes that is the punishment for failing to qualify from a relatively easy group.

‘We had so much possession of the ball and so many really good opportunities in the last third of the field. Some of our play up to that point was very good but you have to say we let ourselves down with the finishing part. The Europa League is a competition I’ve never been in at United and it does mean one thing – Sundays right through. Thursdays and Sundays. That’s got to be dealt with and it’s not the best but that’s our penalty for not qualifying tonight’, Ferguson said.

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