Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction summarizes the feeling surrounding Old Trafford following Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night. Knocked out of the Champions League in the round of 16, a 2-1 aggregate loss means United will be without a title for the fifth season running.
When the final whistle blew, Man Utd fans “reacted violently” to the result and there were “ugly sightings” as Atletico coach Diego Simeone was thrown full of bottles, Mirror reported.
Supporters were “not the only ones sad”, Ronaldo was also “clearly disappointed” at United’s exit from Europe’s top club competition.
“It’s been too many years without any trophies, not even fighting for titles,” goalkeeper David De Gea told BT Sport after the game. “We need more from everyone because this club is too big for where we are now.”
‘United restrictions have been resolved’ as Atletico do some ‘Champions League classics with them’, says BBCPhil McNulty. This feels like a “first moment for the people in charge” at Old Trafford.
A final 16 exit is “equal for course with their current reduced state,” added McNulty. Their only hope to salvage anything this season is to finish in the top four of the Premier League. Currently, Arsenal is in 4th place with 51 points, 1 point more than United. The Gunners have played less than three games, but face title contenders Liverpool on Wednesday.
So “it is” for United in this year’s Champions League, said Ian King Football365. And it’s “probably over next year as well”, as Arsenal are in good form. “It would be easy to blame interim owner Ralf Rangnick, but” considering this continues to happen through manager after manager, it’s possible the problem at the club is somewhat profound. more than just one person? ”
12 players leave, Tuchel joins as boss?
United will prepare to rebuild again and Journal considered every player “not good enough and should leave after a defeat – whether they play or not”. Among the names on the list of 12 players are captain Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba.
Player transfers will be the club’s main focus this summer – as will their search for a new manager to take over from Rangnick, who is caretaker until the end of the season.
United are “monitoring” Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, Guardians reported. The German player’s future at Chelsea is uncertain after the government imposed sanctions on their owner, Roman Abramovich. Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax’s Erik ten Hag are among the other candidates being considered.
Is Old Trafford fit for purpose?
Not only on the pitch but United need big improvements. The club are exploring plans to redevelop Old Trafford and this week gave an update on the plans, Manchester Evening News reported.
United have “listen to many opinions” on how to improve their home stadium, “with the intention of bringing the pitch back to standard among the top clubs in the Premier League”. “New buildings” at Arsenal and Tottenham “have now become the norm and Old Trafford clearly needs an upgrade”.
Definitely a long way to go, King said above Football365. The lack of investment has caused “harm to the old site” and “one even raises questions about whether it is fit for purpose in the 21st century”.
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