Ashley Young has admitted that Manchester United had not prepared for such an open game against Wolfsburg.
Young – who remained on the bench as even Nick Powell was used as a substitute – says that United were expecting the German side to sit deep.
“We thought that Wolfsburg were going to play on the counter-attack but they were pretty open and we created many chances,” he said.
“We just wanted a second one to go in; then we had that sucker punch at the end with them scoring and PSV winning their game.
“We were fully aware [of the PSV score]; someone kept us up to date, so we knew what we had to do. We had the chance to go out and get the win, but it wasn’t meant to be.
“Everyone who travelled to Germany is disappointed – the players, the staff and the fans. It was one of those nights when you wanted to get the job done and go through. It just wasn’t good enough.”
Young admits that the Champions League damage was done in games against PSV, with a 0-0 home draw with the Dutch side a particular lowlight.
“I think what has cost us is not winning the games when we should have done, like PSV Eindhoven at home,” said Young. “We had the chance to win that and we would have gone through on the night if we had. So it could have been a totally different story going into the Wolfsburg match.”