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Bayern Munich 3 Manchester United 1 (4-2 agg): Gallant effort from Moyes' side ends in despair against the German giants

Champions League match report from Munich

By Paul Hirst

Manchester United failed to reproduce their comeback heroics of 1999 as they crashed out of the Champions League despite a spirited effort at the Allianz Arena.

United fans started dreaming of another Champions League triumph against the Germans when Patrice Evra put the visitors 1-0 up on the night, but the lead lasted just 22 seconds as Bayern claimed a reasonably comfortable win.

The Germans dominated possession for most of the evening and ran out 3-1 winners on the night thanks to goals from Mario Mandzukic, Thomas Muller and the superb Arjen Robben.

David Moyes' men spent nearly all the first period in their own half as Bayern launched wave after wave of attack.

It would have been so different had Wayne Rooney - playing with a pain-killing injection in his toe - not fluffed two easy chances.

Evra's sweet half-volley led to raucous celebrations from the United bench, but slack defending allowed Mandzukic to score and it was the same story moments later when Muller beat David de Gea after gaining a yard on Nemanja Vidic.

Then Robben, a constant thorn in Bayern's side, got the goal he deserved, beating Evra and Vidic for pace before planting the ball into the corner.

Moyes' game plan, as predicted by opposite number Pep Guardiola, of trying to contain Bayern and hit them on the attack, worked for the best part of an hour thanks to some solid defending.

But in the end Bayern's class was too much. The fact that the German side could field such a stellar line-up when two of their most prominent players - Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez - were suspended shows how big a gulf remains between these two sides.

It also reinforces just how much Moyes needs to spend to turn his team into world-beaters who belong in the European elite, rather than plucky battlers.

They will not be able to take on the likes of Bayern again next year. This was the last realistic chance they had to qualify for the Champions League and the valiant performance in Bavaria will not put a gloss on what has been a dour season under Moyes.

For the first 10 minutes, United more than held their own. In fact, the small pocket of away fans inside the atmospheric Allianz Arena started to dream of a 1999-style miracle as Rooney took down a long ball from Darren Fletcher and advanced towards goal.

The England striker, showing no sign that his toe injury was hindering him, brushed Dante aside and had a window to shoot, but he dallied, seemingly caught between the idea of firing at goal and squaring to the unmarked Shinji Kagawa. In the end, the delay allowed Philipp Lahm to get back and block the striker's weak effort.

From then on, it was nearly all Bayern. Robben was a constant menace. His quick feet bamboozled Evra, but the Dutchman's curling effort flew wide.

A rare break from United ended with Antonio Valencia tapping home from close range, but his effort was ruled out for offside.

For the rest of the half Bayern camped on the edge of the United box. Robben, Franck Ribery, Muller and Mario Gotze toyed with the visitors, flicking the ball across the lush German grass as they tried to find an opening.

They had so much time that Lahm and David Alaba, Bayern's full-backs, moved into central midfield, allowing Toni Kroos to get forward and join the attack.

Ribery rippled the side-netting with a low shot, Kroos curled just over and Robben slalomed into the box only to be blocked by a wall of United defenders.

Danny Welbeck, Valencia and even Rooney were all required to help out at the back.

A couple of breaks almost came off for United just before the break, but the fact that Bayern had 70 per cent possession by the time the half-time whistle went showed just how dominant they were.

After the break United showed a much more positive attitude. The Bayern defence backed off and Kagawa powered a low shot into Manuel Neuer's hands - the first time the German had been called into action.

Then the unthinkable happened. United raced away on the counter, stretching the Bayern back four. Valencia whipped over a beautiful ball to the back post and Evra rifled home the sweetest of half-volleys.

Moyes and the entire United coaching staff sprung from the bench in celebration. Evra was mobbed by his team-mates and the Bayern fans fell silent.

Just 22 seconds later it was a different story. United backed off as Bayern went on the attack. Ribery sent over a pinpoint cross and Mandzukic sneaked ahead of Evra to head past David de Gea.

Rooney had a brilliant chance to shut the home crowd up soon after but somehow he fluffed his shot deep inside the Bayern box.

Then with 23 minutes left on the clock, Bayern struck the killer blow. Evra gave Robben the half-yard he needed to fire across the box and Muller swept the ball past De Gea after getting ahead of Vidic.

Moyes brought on Javier Hernandez, hoping the little Mexican could be his Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but it was too late.

Robben's pace proved to be too much for Evra again. The Dutchman skipped past his marker and strode beyond Vidic before planting his finish into the corner, courtesy of a slight deflection off the Serbian, to signal the end of Moyes' hopes of silverware in his first season.

UNITED WILL BOUNCE BACK - CARRICK

Michael Carrick promised Manchester United would make a swift return to the Champions League after defeat to Bayern Munich in Germany all but confirmed they would miss the competition for the first time since the 1995-96 season next year.

United defended well for an almost an hour, but just 22 seconds after Patrice Evra's thunderbolt gave them a surprise lead Bayern scored the first of three goals that wrapped up a 4-2 aggregate win.

With the odds well against United claiming fourth in the Barclays Premier League, they look set to face a wait before playing on Europe's biggest stage again.

"Obviously it's not good enough," Carrick told Sky Sports 1. "We've said that over the last few weeks. It's not good enough because this club should be in the Champions League. It was always going to be tough tonight, but the reason we're not in the Champions League is not because of tonight, it's our league form over the season and we take responsibility for that.

"It's been over a time period we've had too many bad results and ultimately we pay for it. I don't think there'll be a knock-on effect. We'll pick ourselves up as well as we can and come back next season believing we can challenge for the title again.

"This is where we want to be. This is where we've been for a long time and we'll be back here in the not too distant future."

United were weathering the storm well and started the second half the stronger, but although a stunning strike from Evra briefly silenced the Bayern fans, United were caught cold - with Evra at fault - as Bayern levelled almost immediately to completely change the dynamic of the game.

"We're really disappointed because we put ourself in a great position, but it's 20-odd seconds I think (before they equalise)," Carrick said.

"That's a big blow for us. We were still in and we had a great chance when Danny (Welbeck) laid it off to Wayne (Rooney), I don't know if it bobbled up or what, but it was a big one for us.

"We defended so well for long periods. At times all it takes is something to drop for them and in the end it did."

Moyes was left to lament his side's defending after they had put themselves in such a great position, but argued there was not too much in the game.

"It was probably 30 seconds after we scored," he said. "You're told as a schoolboys not to concede right away but we conceded too quickly and it was always going be a tough night. I think we need to give ourselves five or 10 minutes but they went right up the other end and scored.

"I don't know if it was about concentration. We were thrilled with the goal but we have enough experience. I didn't think we did an awful lot wrong tonight. We played ever so well and our performance really pleased me but a couple of small errors cost me."

Moyes pointed to two deflections in the build-up to Bayern's third, claiming luck was against his side, but either way Moyes now faces a long summer of rebuilding without the lure of Champions League football to offer new recruits.

"We've not got Champions League football but I believe its not far away and hopefully it's only one year," he said. "We've got to rebuild and our focus now is getting a team together to get back in this competition because it's a really good competition and we've really enjoyed it."

Moyes insisted he had never been told that Champions League qualification was a minimum requirement in terms of his job security or in terms of his transfer budget for the summer.

"That's not a question for me," he said when asked about his job. "My job is just to get on with my job and my focus is on getting a side together to get back in the Champions League. That's our main objective now.

"The club have never had any problems and everything we've talked about, we're looking to spend the right money on players who are available and it's not anything to do with Champions League.

"Any players we've quietly discussed it with are more than happy to join Manchester United. They know it's not a long-term thing."

Arjen Robben admitted Evra's goal had served as a wake-up call for Bayern after a "disastrous" start to the second half.

"They scored the first goal so of course it was a tricky tie, but in the end 3-1 is a very good result," the former Chelsea winger said.

"I think it was very important we scored straight after they did. It was crucial today. It looked like a wake-up call because the first 10 minutes of the second half were a disaster the way we played.

"We were so slow, we were not there and you cannot do that in the Champions League - you will be punished. That's what they did, but it was a wake-up call and we scored three goals.

"We wanted to attack and play our football. They were there for the counter-attack - they are very dangerous with great players up front who are very quick.

"We had to be careful. In the first half we controlled the game, in the second half we were very, very bad and we got punished, but fortunately we turned it around."

MAN UTD RATINGS

David De Gea - Had very little to do other than the goals, and was largely blameless for all of them, having been left horribly exposed for two while the other took a deflection. 6

Chris Smalling - Stood up impressively to Bayern's endless attacks, particularly in the first half when he got in some important blocks, but the pressure eventually told. 7

Nemanja Vidic - Like Smalling, he had a good first half but he will not want to dwell long on the second, having been beaten far, far too easily by Thomas Muller for the second goal. 5

Patrice Evra - He will long remember his tremendous goal but it was a moment in isolation on the night as he was at fault in the build-up to all three of Bayern's goals, most obviously when he lost Mandzukic seconds after giving United the lead. If they had held it for more than 22 seconds, who knows how it might have ended? 6

Phil Jones - Struggled to deal with Bayern's rotating wingers. 6

Darren Fletcher - Defended well but was caught in possession more than once when United tried to come forward. 5

Michael Carrick - Largely anonymous on a night when United's midfield spent most of their time chasing shadows. David Moyes had emphasised the importance of possession, but his midfield could not keep it for him. 6

Antonio Valencia - He was United's brightest spark going forward and made a brilliant run to tee up Evra's goal. He also had the ball in the net early on but was flagged for offside. 7

Wayne Rooney - Played through the pain as expected, but the injury perhaps told on an off night for the England forward. There was no lack of work ethic but a clear lack of cutting edge as he fluffed his lines in front of goal more than once when given rare, vital chances for United. 5

Shinji Kagawa - Given a big chance in the absence of Juan Mata but did little to press his claims for more regular playing time. He had one long-range shot and made a decent run down the right to produce a testing cross, but there was not enough. 6

Danny Welbeck - Put in plenty of running and made a nuisance of himself when he could, but he was feeding off scraps. 6

Substitutes:

Javier Hernandez (Fletcher, 74) - Sent on when United need goals to rescue the game, but barely had a sniff with Bayern making all the running. 6

Adnan Januzaj (Welbeck, 81) - Like Hernandez, made plenty of running but could do nothing to stem the tide with Bayern on top.

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