Friday, April 19

Manchester United crash out of Champions League

Agencies

Manchester United will end a fifth successive season without a trophy after bowing out of the Champions League at home to Atletico Madrid, the British media reported on Wednesday.

Long since out of the Premier League title race, Ralf Rangnick’s Red Devils saw their final route to silverware slammed shut by Diego Simeone’s wily, well-drilled side on Tuesday evening.

United failed to build on their scarcely-deserved draw in the first leg of this last-16 clash in Spain, with Renan Lodi’s first-half header securing a 1-0 Old Trafford win as Atletico progressed to the quarter-finals.

The 2-1 aggregate exit extinguished any faint hopes of a first piece of silverware since the 2017 Europa League as the Premier League side saw a fifth successive continental campaign end in defeat to Spanish opposition.

The Red Devils must now focus all their efforts on finishing fourth in the Premier League in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League, but are one point behind top-four rivals Arsenal having played three more games than the Gunners, UK’s Metro reported.

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