Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand criticised some “kamikaze football” after their embarrassing exit from European competition.
A 1-0 defeat at home to Bayern Munich, their 15th goal conceded in six matches, ensured Erik ten Hag’s side finished bottom of Group A even without Copenhagen’s win over Galatasaray.
“To score three goals in each of their away games and not come away with much points it’s criminal. It is kamikaze football almost,” Ferdinand told TNT Sports.
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“You get what you deserve. If you are not clinical and you can’t close matches out you don’t deserve to progress to the knockout phase.
“I think it’s the best worst-case scenario. I would rather Man United go out and concentrate on the league than go into the Europa League and exert themselves more.”
Ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes was disappointed with the team’s lack of a goal threat in a match they needed to win after scoring 12 times in their previous five matches.
“In some games they looked very good, they were getting leads in games, but they couldn’t manage to see the games out,” said Scholes.
“Tonight you never really felt Mancester United were going to score goals. It’s all about getting the balance right and it’s been a struggle from the off.”