Manchester United Are Out Of Europe
Manchester United went into this match knowing they needed to overturn a 3–2 deficit from the first leg to book their place in the UEFA Europa League Quarter Finals. But it was the Basque side that took the lead when Fernando Amorebieta found Fernando Llorente who struck the ball into the far corner from 18 yards on 22 minutes.
Manchester United almost scored a mere five minutes later, however, when the inform Ashley Young crossed the ball for the waiting Ryan Giggs whose powerful header was deflected over for a corner. Only eight minutes into the second half, Athletic Bilbao nearly extended their lead as forward thinking right fullback Andoni Iraola hit just wide from close range. In the 63rd minute of the Europa League encounter, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson eventually made a double substitution with Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick coming on for Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba. Then after 65 minutes of action, the rampant home team scored their second goal of the evening when the ever dangerous Oscar de Marcos hammered the ball into the back of the net from ten yards out. With just ten minutes remaining on the referee´s clock, Manchester United finally managed to score when master marksman Wayne Rooney netted with a beautiful long range effort that left the home goalkeeper completely helpless. Despite some frantic play by the visitors, there were no more goals to be scored. Manchester United are out of Europe.
Athletic Bilbao: Gorka Iraizoz, Andoni Iraola, Javi Martinez, Fernando Amorebieta, Jon Aurtenetxe, Oscar De Marcos, Ander Iturraspe, Herrera Ander, Markel Susaeta, Fernando Llorente, Iker Muniain. Manchester United: David de Gea, Rafael da Silva, Jonny Evans, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra, Tom Cleverley, Ji-Sung Park, Michael Carrick, Ryan Giggs, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney. Attendance: 40,000. Referee: Cuneyt Cakir.