Manchester United Crashed Out Of The Champions League
Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League following defeat in Basle tonight.
They were always up against it at St-Jakob Park once Marco Streller had given the hosts a ninth-minute lead.
Though they grew in dominance as the match went on, the elusive equaliser would not come.
Wayne Rooney, who faces a UEFA disciplinary hearing in nearby Nyon tomorrow, wasted their best chance, with Markus Steinhofer belting the ball against his own crossbar midway through the second half.
Alexander Frei added Basle's second eight minutes from time, although United did not go down without a fight.
Phil Jones grabbed a lifetime near the end but the visitors were unable to conjure up a miracle second, leaving Basle to celebrate the greatest night in their history.
In stark contrast, United are counting the massive financial implications of exiting at this stage for the first time since 2005, the lost millions hitting the Glazer family where it hurts the most.
On that occasion, United at least avoided the humiliation of appearing in the Europa League.
Not this time though. After the catastrophe of their 300th European game, United's 301st will be played on a Thursday night.
By half-time, a night that started with the prospect of having to face a fellow European heavyweight in the last 16 was turning towards the prospect of a meeting with Vaslui, Legia Warsaw or Maccabi Haifa.