Fergie rejects Euro criticism

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side do not deserve to be criticised for failing to make the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Last Updated: 15/03/13 at 16:47 Post Comment

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United manager expresses his frustration after Nan

Sir Alex Ferguson: Manchester United manager expresses his frustration after Nan

For the first time since 1996 there was no Premier League side in the draw for the last eight and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger branded it as a "wake-up call" following his side's exit at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Manchester City and holders Chelsea both failed to make it out of the group stage, but Ferguson reckons his side should still be in the competition after losing to Real Madrid following Nani's red card.

"You can't put us all in the one basket in terms of deterioration," Ferguson said.

"Our performance against Real Madrid was outstanding and we should have been in the last eight. Unfortunately it wasn't to be."

Ferguson did, however, concede that the period of regular English success in Europe now appears to be over.

"It is a little bit cyclical," he said. "Going back a few years, English teams were in the semi-finals and finals quite regularly.

"At the moment German teams are progressing, with the performance of Dortmund.

"Bayern Munich have also improved this year and Spain has been like that for a few years now."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe joins Derby on season-long loan

Liverpool have loaned forward Jordon Ibe to Sky Bet Championship side Derby County for the 2014-15 season.

Transfer news: Juventus confirm Arturo Vidal will stay despite Man Utd link

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Arturo Vidal will not be joining Manchester United this summer.

Transfer news: Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock expecting busy few days

New manager Neil Warnock is braced for a few days of chaos as he tries to add to his squad at Crystal Palace.

Mail Box

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

Don't Forget Chelsea Also Need A Striker

With Diego Costa struggling for fitness, one Chelsea fan pipes up in the mailbox to remind us that the Blues also need a striker. Plus, thoughts on Rooney as captain...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property