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Wednesday 26 November 2014

We'll be back in 2015: Man United kiss goodbye to Champions League for this season – and next

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) and Bayern Munich's Dante collide in the air during the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 9, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Bayern Munich. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) and Bayern Munich's Dante collide in the air during the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 9, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Bayern Munich. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Patrice Evra celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Patrice Evra celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: David Moyes, manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Patrice Evra of Manchester United celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring his team's second goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Bayern's Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring the equaliser during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Manchester United in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Patrice Evra of Manchester United scores his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Patrice Evra (R) of Manchester United celebrates his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) and Bayern Munich's Dante battle for the ball during the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Patrice Evra of Manchester United scores his goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Thomas Mueller of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring his team's second goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Mario Goetze of Bayern Muenchen goes past Phil Jones of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Mario Goetze of Bayern Muenchen goes past Phil Jones of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Thomas Mueller of Muenchen reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Arjen Robben of Bayern Muenchen is closed down by Michael Carrick of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Wayne Rooney (R) and Patrice Evra (C) of Manchester talk to each other during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Mario Goetze of Muenchen reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: David de Gea of Manchester reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Referee Jonas Eriksson reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic (left) and Manchester United's Phil Jones battle for the ball during the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen challenges Antonio Valencia of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Mario Mandzukic (L) of Muenchen challenges Nemanja Vidic of Manchester during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen challenges Antonio Valencia of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Thomas Mueller (C) of Muenchen challenges David de Gea (2L) of Manchester during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Mario Goetze (L) of Muenchen challenges Nemanja Vidic (C) of Manchester during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Manchester United fans in the centre of Munich before the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg which will take place at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United talks to referee Jonas Eriksson watched by Manuel Neuer of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Philipp Lahm of Bayern Muenchen is challenged by Wayne Rooney of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: David Moyes, manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is challenged by Mario Goetze of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Muenchen challenges Antonio Valencia of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm (left) and Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa battle for the ball during the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Ulrich Hoeness (C), former president of FC Bayern Muenchen arrives for the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Toni Kroos (C) of Muenchen challenges Wayne Rooney (R) of Manchester during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney checks on the condition of Bayern Munich's Dante after they collided in the air during the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Arjen Robben (L) of Muenchen challenges Patrice Evra of Manchester during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney (left) and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng battle for the ball during the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Franck Ribery (R) of Muenchen challenges Nemanja Vidic of Manchester during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Philipp Lahm (R) of Muenchen challenges Shinji Kagawa of Manchester during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Manchester United fans in the centre of Munich before the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg which will take place at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United talks to referee Jonas Eriksson during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Manchester United fans in the centre of Munich before the Champions League, Quarter Final, Second Leg which will take place at the Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.

Manchester United's season – and their 18-year-long run in the Champions League – is over.

A 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena last night means United will not be dining at the top table of European football until at least the 2015-16 season.

Having said that, David Moyes' men, who have no chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League after a poor defence of their Premier League title, had their fans dreaming – briefly – of glory in the competition after Patrice Evra scored a wonder goal to put United 1-0 up on the night and 2-1 ahead on aggregate.

But their joy lasted just 22 seconds after the restart as Bayern, the defending European Champions, hit back through Mario Mandzukic.

Further goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben ensured it would be another dismal night for Moyes, but this spirited performance may just be enough to keep the under-fire manager in the job for another season.

Moyes said his team were guilty of "schoolboy defending" after putting themselves in with a chance of a stunning result.

"It's the sort of thing you learn as a schoolboy once you score a goal, make sure you don't concede," the United manager said.

"You get into position and do your job. We had concentrated so fabulously well throughout the game. The players had done tactically well. Their positioning was good and they did their jobs.

"For us just to give it up on that moment, the goal up, was really disappointing."

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.

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"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."

Bayern boss Pep Guardiola said: "I knew it would be hard. It's not easy to play against a team when they have eight players in their box. It happened in Manchester too.

"We decided to create a bit more passing in midfield and get the ball wide. They defended well, but when it got to 1-1 we played much better and we deserve to be in the semi-finals."

Bayern will find out whether they draw Chelsea, Atletico Madrid or Real Madrid tomorrow.

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