Champions League: Manchester United crash out, Atletico Madrid get QF ticket
By Valentine Amanze
Manchester United’s terrible season continued Tuesday night as it crashed out of UEFA Champions League at Old Trafford.
Atletico Madrid edged out the English club by 1-0 after they played 1-1 at Madrid in the first leg of the competition.
With the loss, Manchester United became the first Emglish club to crash out of the Round of 16 in the current competition, while Atletico Madrid qualified for the quarter-final of the UCL.
Renan Lodi’s 42nd-minute goal was enough for the Spanish side to make a difference. Despite pressing, attacking, and having the ball for a major part of the first half, United trailed at halftime.
Man United tried to take things in control but they failed to score as Oblak denied two or three genuine goal-scoring opportunities.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s hattrick over the weekend against Tottenham Hotspur might had increased United’s hopes, but that was not the case against a good defensive side like Atletico, which came to Old Trafford to pack ball, with five defenders.
Trophy-less in five years
With this UCL loss, Man United has failed to win a single trophy for five years.
The last time United won any trophy was the UEFA Europa League under Jose Mourinho in 2016-17.
Goal-keeper David De Gea was furious after the loss. He told BBC: “There are too many years without trophies, even without fighting for trophies.
“We need to be clear we want to achieve good things and fight for trophies. We don’t just want to play for the top four and get out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals.”