Manchester United Thrown Out of Champions League at Basel

Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League at the group phase for only the third time in 16 years following a stunning 2-1 loss at Swiss champions Basel on Wednesday.

Six years to the day since they last bade farewell at the group stage, following a 2-1 loss at Benfica, last year’s beaten finalists were undone by goals in each half from Marco Streller and Alexander Frei. Manchester United Thrown Out of Champions League at Basel

Despite needing just a point to go through from Group C, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side fell to their first away defeat in the group phase in five years, but not before Phil Jones’ late goal had given them a vain glimmer of hope.

Victory allowed Basel to book their place in the last 16 for the first time since 2002-03, while for United, who had reached three of the last four finals, there is the unwelcome consolation of the Europa League.

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