Manchester United are out of the UEFA Champions League after losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg in Germany while PSV Eindhoven join the Germans in the next phase. Here are four points of note after the game:
- LACK OF CONCENTRATION ELIMINATED UNITED: Manchester United under Louis Van Gaal this season are known for one thing and that’s shutting teams out. French youngster gave United the lead on 10 minutes only for the lead to last for just 3 minutes, with Wolfsburg leading 2-1 then scoring an own goal in the 82nd minute only for United to concede again before the 90th It was almost as if Wolfsburg would wait for the Red Devils to score then they would score back. It uncharacteristic for Louis Van Gaal’s side to concede three goals in a single match this season. The only team to have scored three goals past United this season was Arsenal.
- UNITED WOULD BE PLAYING IN THE LOWER TIER OF EUROPEAN FOOTBALL: The consequences of the Red Devils finishing in 3rd position in the group is a place in the knock out phase of the UEFA Europa League which appears more difficult for a team that is already plagued with injuries and are low in confidence.
- MARTIAL REDISCOVERS SCORING BOOTS: Anthony Martial scored his first goal for Manchester United since he last scored in October away against CSKA Moscow. United fans would hope it’s a start of more goals for Martial and would not have to wait till another two months for his next strike.
- BETTER ATTACKING DISPLAY STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: Manchester United put in a better attacking display, maybe it was down to the fact that the team needed a win to secure progression. The Red Devils scored 2 goals against Wolfsburg’s 3, had 16 shots on goal compared to Wolfsburg 10, both teams had 6 shots on target ,while United had 8 shots from inside the box to Wolfsburg’s 7 meaning that the inability to finish off chances created is indeed United’s main problem.