Bruno Fernandes.

Bruno's post to fans after Champions League exit

Thursday 10 December 2020 09:59

Manchester United talisman Bruno Fernandes has posted an honest message to supporters following the Champions League elimination, stating he and the players “have to do much better”.

The Reds were unfortunately knocked out of the competition on Tuesday evening after suffering a 3-2 defeat to RB Leipzig in Germany, when a point was required to secure progression from Group H. 

United were 3-0 down after 69 minutes but almost staged a miraculous comeback at Red Bull Arena, instigated by Fernandes scoring his 11th goal of the season with a nerveless finish from the penalty spot. 

Bruno’s in-swinging corner then led to substitute Paul Pogba heading in a second goal, courtesy of an Ibrahima Konate deflection, yet the turnaround was, disappointingly, a step too far for the Reds. 

The result means United will compete in the Europa League in 2021 and, while there is a determination to win that competition, everybody is upset at not to be at Europe’s top table.

“Not good enough from us,” writes Bruno, via his official Instagram account.

“We have to do much better to represent such a big club and especially playing in the Champions League with big teams.”

The draw for the Europa League knockout stages will take place in Nyon, in Switzerland, on Monday afternoon. 

We are one of 26 confirmed sides in the pot and the other six spots will be filled on Thursday evening, upon the completion of the group-stage fixtures.

Eighteen of those sides have qualified via their Europa League groups, while the other eight have dropped out of the Champions League.

CONFIRMED CLUBS IN MONDAY’S DRAW SO FAR

AC Milan, Ajax, Antwerp, Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen, Benfica, Braga, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, Dynamo Kiev, Granada, Hoffenheim, Krasnodar, Leicester City, Lille, Olympiacos, PSV Eindhoven, Rangers, RB Salzburg, Red Star Belgrade, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Slavia Prague, Tottenham Hotspur, MANCHESTER UNITED, Villarreal.

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