Man Utd Champions League exit inevitable says Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has said that elimination from the Champions League was inevitable for Manchester United because of their injury worries.

Allardyce wrote in his London Evening Standard article that injuries come back to haunt even the greatest managers in the world, which was seen as Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were sent crashing out of Europe’s most prestige competition on Wednesday night after a defeat to Swiss side Basel.

The West Ham manager believes that the injury troubles United were facing were the sole reason for their exit from the competition.

He wrote: “It doesn’t matter how good a squad you have, you’ll begin to struggle when the injury list climbs past half-a-dozen as it has done for Sir Alex Ferguson. Even though he has a big international squad, the injuries have caught up with him now.

“At the moment it seems like a never-ending cycle, one which has afflicted all us managers from time to time, and it leaves you no choice but to keep changing the side, sometimes the system, and hoping for the best.

“It seems that, as soon as you plug one hole, one pops up elsewhere as was the case again against Basle with the injury to Nemanja Vidic ruling him out for the rest of the season.”

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