Ralf Rangnick was asked after Manchester United’s victory over Tottenham on Saturday whether he thought his team could win the Champions League. It was all he could do not to laugh. After the funeral, in his words, that was the derby defeat at Manchester City the previous weekend, the question did not make sense, according to the interim manager.
Perhaps it is the hope that gets to people. Or the reality that United are a club that only seem to deal in the wildest of extremes. This was the night when it all came crashing back down, United’s flickers of promise ground into the dust by a streetwise and well-drilled Atlético Madrid to leave them with a familiar sinking feeling.
Written by David Hytner at Old Trafford
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/mar/15/manchester-united-atletico-madrid-champions-league-last-16-match-report under the title “Manchester United out of Champions League after Atlético Madrid triumph | Jonathan Liew”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.