Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson suffered a mixture of shock and disappointment as he watched his team lose 2-1 to Basel and get dumped from the Champions League.
The Swiss squad’s win moved the Red Devils to third in Group C and to the Europa League. It is the first time in six seasons when Man U have not made to the knock out stage of the Champions League.
Ferguson said that the reason his side did not qualify for the next stage is the ‘stupid’ draw at home. United were leading 2-0 at first but eventually allowed Basel to fight back and settled for a disappointing 3-3 draw.
The Man U manager also lamented about the start of the previous game which included Marco Streller’s opener in the ninth minute.
Though Sir Alex and many Red Devils fans around the world expected the reigning Premier League champions to take action and reverse the momentum of the game to qualify but the English side failed to make it happen.
As a result of the elimination, Man United will have to play in the Europa League. Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that it was not the best news but it served them right for failing to qualify for the next stage.
It will be the first time when Ferguson will play with Man U in the Europa League.