Manchester United were yesterday defeated 3-2 in Germany by RB Leipzig as they failed to secure qualification to the next stage of the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League season. United came into the game needing to show their dominant away side but instead showed the mediocre side in what was a disheartening performance overall.
The first half was certainly embarrassing for Manchester United as they conceded two goals within 13 minutes. Amadou Haidara put the hosts in front after just two minutes of action before former Manchester City player Angelino doubled the lead on the 12th-minute mark for the German side.
Manchester United failed to improve their performance in the second half and were punished as a result of that, with Justin Kluivert adding the third goal for Leipzig and doing the damage against the Red devils.
Just like in their previous two away fixtures in the English Premier League, United came in strongly in the latter part of the second half as Bruno Fernandes pulled one back from the spot-kick in the 80th minute before Paul Pogba secured a second goal for the team.
But they were unable to secure the needed the third goal which now sees them drop into the Europa League for the rest of the season.
The result also comes at a bad time as it will impact the confidence of the players heading into the Manchester derby against Manchester City this weekend.
What does this mean for Manchester United?
The defeat clearly showed how far the club has come since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson over eight years ago. Whether it is under Jose Mourinho, David Moyes, Van Gaal or Solksjaer, United have failed to reach even the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
They have only reached the quarter-finals once in this period and have either been knocked out in the group stages or the round of 16 and in the worst case, they have failed to qualify for the competition at all. This clearly shows how badly the club is performing after the Ferguson reign.
Dropping into the Europa League could also impact the club’s desire to challenge for the Premier League as they would be expected to play on Thursdays and have little rest for their Saturday or Sunday action.