Wenger labels Man Utd Champions League exit as an accident

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has viewed Manchester United’s failure in the Champions League as an ‘accident’, The Press Association reports.

The Premier League champions lost 2-1 against Basle on Wednesday night and dropped into the Europa League. United’s failure was the first time they have failed to emerge from the group stage in six years and defender Patrice Evra labelled the exit a ‘catastrophe’.

Wenger believes that given the pedigree United hold in Europe, their exit was just a blip and allows them to focus on the title race with local rivals Manchester City. Arsenal cruised through to the last 16 with a game to spare, but Wenger has paid respect to United about the way they have achieved things in Europe during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time in charge.

‘You want to play in the Champions League, but the risk is that you have to go out at some stage. You have to deal with the disappointment, that’s part of being a big club. Let’s not forget that Manchester United have played in three finals out of the last four, so for them, we have to consider it (their exit) an accident’, Wenger said.

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