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Manchester United failed to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League after losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg on Tuesday in the final group stage game.
United finished 3rd in Group B as PSV Eindhoven overtook United with a 2-1 win over last-placed CSKA Moscow. United got off to a good start against Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena, with Anthony Martial giving the Red Devils a 1-0 lead after just 10 minutes.
But the joy was short lived for the fans that had made the trip to Germany, as Naldo tied things up just three minutes later. Vieirinha then gave the home side the lead in the 29th minute.
United were handed a lifeline in the 82nd minute when Joshua Guilavogui scored an own goal to make it 2-2, but Naldo stepped up once again and made it 3-2 with his second goal of the game in the 84th minute.
United manager Louis van Gaal was extremely disappointed of getting knocked out of the Champions League.
“I am very disappointed, the players are very disappointed,” van Gaal told manutd.com after the loss. “This is the league where we wanted to show our qualities, and we cannot do that anymore.”
Van Gaal was asked about how much progress there has been at the club since he took over.
“At the moment, I cannot defend myself because we are out of the Champions League and every word I say is a wrong word, I think,” van Gaal said. “When you see the facts, we were further in the Capital One Cup, we qualified for the Champions League group; we have played all these matches and are still in a very good position in the league. The facts are saying that we are better than last year, so that’s my answer because I can only give facts. I’m disappointed that we’re out of the Champions League, of course.”