How Manchester United were eliminated from Champions League after Bayern Munich defeat

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Manchester United's European campaign is over after Kingsley Coman's goal led Bayern Munich to a 1-0 win

Michael Dominski and Ed Mackey

December 12, 2023 at 6:32 PM EST

How Manchester United were eliminated from Champions League after Bayern Munich defeat

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A tough task comes next for Bayern, too

Like United, Bayern Munich will be looking to return to winning ways in the league this coming weekend.

A home game against Stuttgart might look straightforward on paper, but their visitors on Saturday are third in the Bundesliga having picked up just one fewer point than the champions.

The positive for Bayern is that their opponents have been stronger at home than on the road, and one would expect Thomas Tuchel's side to pick up all three points at the Allianz Arena.

It doesn't get any easier for United

Life gets no easier for Erik ten Hag and Manchester United, who may well be without Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw for the daunting task of a trip to face Liverpool on Sunday.

There is one positive ahead of the short trip across the north west, though, as Liverpool will have two days fewer to prepare for the game as they are in Europa League action against Union Saint-Gilloise on Thursday.

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Tuchel surprised by United's elimination

More from Thomas Tuchel speak about United after Bayern's win: "Manchester United suffers from the injuries in the group, big players, big personalities and you can see that. We made it as head of the group into the last 16 and the full focus will be to go step-by-step."

On whether he's surprised United finished in last place: "Yeah this is a huge club and not what you expect. In the group you expect also Manchester United challenging for the win of the group and a place in the round of 16 but in my experience I can tell you we had a difficult group.

"The matches were tight, the results were narrow so you could see everything was possible until today for Manchester United. In some of the matches games changed in a blink of an eye. They were comfortable in the lead in Istanbul and gave it away, they were comfortable in the lead in Copenhagen."

Tuchel has sympathy for Ten Hag

Tuchel has sympathy for Ten Hag

After Bayern's win, Thomas Tuchel was asked whether Harry Kane is the difference to win Champions League, responding: "Harry is always a difference maker, 100 per cent with his personality, his calmness, his quality, the team knows anything can happen in any minute with Harry, he is one of the top leaders in the group."

He was also asked whether he has sympathy for Erik ten Hag: "Almost always I feel sympathy for the other coach but we try everything to win matches, these are the goals of high level sports but of course I have sympathy, he has a lot of key players injured for a decisive match, they lack the personality and maybe the width to change games from the bench.

"It is not an easy time but I am pretty sure he knows what to do next and he does not need my advice or clapping on the shoulders, he is experienced enough to go through it. I had not a nice moment last Saturday and sometimes you feel pretty lonely as a coach."

Who is in Champions League action tomorrow?

We have the other half of matchday six to enjoy tomorrow and, while there isn't too much left to be decided, it promises to be an exciting evening nonetheless.

Particularly in Group F — whose conclusion we will be covering live on The Athletic — where all outcomes are possible.

Group E

  • Atletico Madrid vs Lazio – 8pm GMT/3pm ET
  • Celtic vs Feyenoord – 8pm GMT/3pm ET

Group F

  • Dortmund vs PSG – 8pm GMT/3pm ET
  • Newcastle vs AC Milan – 8pm GMT/3pm ET

Group G

  • Red Star Belgrade vs Manchester City – 5:45pm GMT/12:45pm ET
  • RB Leipzig vs Young Boys – 5:45pm GMT/12:45pm ET

Group H

  • Antwerp vs Barcelona – 8pm GMT/3pm ET
  • Porto vs Shakhtar Donetsk – 8pm GMT/3pm ET

Ten Hag: 'There are still many things to play for'

Erik ten Hag had more to say about Manchester United's elimination from European competition: "There are still many things to play for, we can focus of course on the Premier League. This is the level we want to play, Champions League, so we have to give every effort for the top four.

"Both sides less chances, but I think there was a good intensity in the game. We brought Bayern out of the rhythm of their game, defensive pressing we did quite well.

"(Rasmus Hojlund) scored five goals in the Champions League. He has to build on this into the Premier League. Today we didn't create so many chances, also has to do with a very good opponent you have to face.

"Why did this happen? It is simple today, we have to make subs, we are losing players, very decisive for our game who can make the difference. That is a reason but don't see it as an excuse, even when not all on board we have to win."

Coman: I don't score very often

 I don't score very often

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Kingsley Coman, who was named Player of the match by UEFA after scoring the game's lone goal, spoke to the media afterward: "It was a very good ending (to the group stage) and a very good performance. (I don’t score) very often, but I kept my cool and I’m happy it went in.

"We’re very happy to be in the next stage. We know the type of teams that await us there. We know we’ve gone very far in previous seasons. We want to do well again."

More depressing stats, United fans?

If you're looking for promising statistics and optimism, this isn't the place to come.

Our latest damning stat tells you that no English team has ever conceded more goals in a Champions League group stage.

  • Man Utd 2023: 15
  • Tottenham 2019: 14
  • Man City 2012: 11
  • Tottenham: 2010: 11

So, who's through, who's out and who will play in the Europa League?

So, who's through, who's out and who will play in the Europa League?

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There weren't actually too many changes today with most group positions confirmed heading into matchday six.

Here is the outcome from every group that played today.

Group A

  • Bayern Munich and Copenhagen into knockouts
  • Galatasaray into Europa League
  • Manchester United eliminated

Group B

  • Arsenal and PSV into knockouts
  • Lens into Europa League
  • Sevilla eliminated

Group C

  • Real Madrid and Napoli into knockouts
  • Braga into Europa League
  • Union Berlin eliminated

Group D

  • Real Sociedad (pictured) and Inter into knockouts
  • Benfica into Europa League
  • Red Bull Salzburg eliminated

Tuesday's Champions League round up

Tuesday's Champions League round up

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While we were focused on every kick at Old Trafford, and some of them in Copenhagen, it was a full evening of Champions League action.

Here are the full results from this evening.

Group A

  • Copenhagen 1-0 Galatasaray (Lerager)
  • Manchester United 0-1 Bayern Munich (Coman)

Group B

  • Lens 2-1 Sevilla (Frankowski, Fulgini; Ramos)
  • PSV 1-1 Arsenal (Vertessen; Nketiah)

Group C

  • Napoli 2-0 Braga (Saatci [OG], Osimhen)
  • Union Berlin 2-3 Real Madrid (Volland, Kral; Joselu [x2], Ceballos)

Group D

  • Inter 0-0 Real Sociedad
  • Red Bull Salzburg 1-3 Benfica (Sucic; Di Maria, Rafa, Cabral)

Neuer: 'We were very angry about our performance against Frankfurt'

 'We were very angry about our performance against Frankfurt'

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Manuel Neuer spoke to Amazon Prime Video after Bayern Munich's win: "We were very angry about our performance against Frankfurt (a 5-1 loss). We showed a reaction today. The coach was very happy. He said he was proud on the sidelines. We gave everything and that’s why we won today. We have to give our all in every competition. We have a team that can definitely compete for the title."

On making his 700th career appearance in club football: "I wasn't aware of that fact. I'm fit. I didn't expect things to work so well (after breaking his leg last December) and to keep up with the rhythm without having to take a break. We are very happy, I'm very grateful to the doctors."

Ten Hag waiting on Maguire, Shaw injury assessments

Ten Hag waiting on Maguire, Shaw injury assessments

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Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are set to undergo assessments in the next 24 hours to determine the extent of the injuries they picked up tonight.

Maguire appeared to strain his groin in the first half while fellow defender Shaw looked to aggravate his hamstring and was removed at half-time.

Erik ten Hag is as yet in the dark over how long he may be without two of his key players ahead of a Premier League trip to Liverpool on Sunday.

"I can't say in this moment," he said when asked by TNT Sports how bad both injuries were after the game.

"We have to wait 24 hours for an assessment."

United need to get their forwards involved more

United need to get their forwards involved more

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It is no surprise that Rasmus Hojlund has not yet scored a Premier League goal when you look at his service (or lack thereof) in today's game.

He had just 20 touches against Bayern Munich, the least of any player that started the match, including Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw who were substituted in the first half and at half-time, respectively.

Considering the lack of goals from United's forwards, particularly at home, it is imperative that they bring them into the game more.

Subscribers react to United's elimination

Things are going about how you'd expect among Manchester United supporters on our discussion page:

David B: We need to talk about Bruno. Another dreadful performance from the club captain. How long can this continue?

Ben S: Ten Hag has got to go. We are clueless all over the pitch, every game. 18 months in and we have regressed in every possible way.

Devon O: I think the only way we will see a final ball in this team is if we signed a player named Final Ball

Although some fans are finding the silver lining...

Ruaidhrí W: Well at least I can cancel my TNT Sports payment.

Another dreadful Manchester United statistic

Another dreadful Manchester United statistic

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While it was far from the worst, tonight was United's 12th defeat in all competitions this season, the same amount they lost across their 62 matches last season.

It is worth noting that while they have played more games than a lot of other teams, only three of the 96 teams in Europe's five major leagues have lost more matches than Ten Hag's side.

  • Union Berlin (15th in Bundesliga) – 14 defeats
  • Almeria (20th in La Liga) – 13 defeats
  • Burnley (19th in Premier League) – 13 defeats

Dalot: 'We need to do better'

 'We need to do better'

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Diogo Dalot spoke to the media after Manchester United's elimination from European competition: "It’s not the result we wanted. We were hoping for a different outcome. I think we did well and did our best against a good team, but it wasn’t enough in the end.

"We know we expect more of ourselves. We need to do better. We wanted to qualify, but ultimately we haven’t been good enough. We need to learn from it and do better next time."

What Manchester United’s Champions League exit means for their finances

Manchester United's Champions League exit will have financial – as well as footballing – consequences:

  • At least €10.6m lost in prize money, potentially much more
  • Impact on Financial Fair Play status
  • Loss of broadcast revenue
  • Implications for January spending

Dan Sheldon breaks it all down at the link below.

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United's glory days are a distant memory

United's glory days are a distant memory

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Manchester United have now been eliminated from the group stages of the Champions League in three of their seven seasons in the competition since Alex Ferguson retired. That's the same number of times as they had in 18 campaigns under the Scotsman.

We want to be more consistent, says Ten Hag

We want to be more consistent, says Ten Hag

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After analysing today's game, focus switched to improving across the course of the season.

"We know we want to be more consistent," Ten Hag told TNT Sports. "Me, as the manager, I have to improve the team and the team's progress. I have to guide them and the players have to take the responsibility. We will do that together."

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