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EUROPA LEAGUE 2ND LEG: Man Utd exit Europe with a whimper

Athletic Bilbao deservedly march on in the Europa League with a comprehensive 5-3 aggregate win over Manchester United following a 2-1 home success over the Champions of England. United never came to terms with speed of movement and how the Spaniards closed the Red Devils down never giving them time to settle.

The performance of the Athletic showed their result at Old Trafford was no fluke and they continued in much the same vein on home soil. The warning signs were there for the visitor's long before the host's took the lead with a brilliant goal.

Fernando Llorente scored a fabulous volley from Fernando Amorebieta's raking 45 yard pass with Rio Ferdinand just a spectator.

Ryan Giggs came closest for United when he saw a header deflected wide as Athletic took a breather allowing the visitor's some possession but they rarely troubled the Spaniards rearguard.

Another swift, incisive passing move from Athletic again carved open United's defence midway through the second half and whilst the ball did break kindly for Oscar de Marcos he made no mistake sweeping the ball home.

Late on Wayne Rooney hit his 27th goal of the campaign with a 25 yard screamer, but the damage had been done and the Spaniards finished the stronger with keeper David de Gea keeping the score respectable.

It is now five years since United overturned a first leg deficit in Europe to progress but over the two games Athletic had too much about them and Sir Alex Ferguson's team had no answers to their qualities.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)

Venue: San Mames Stadium

Attendance: 40,000

Athletic scorers: Llorente 23, De Marcos 65 Man Utd scorers: Rooney 79

Yellow cards: Pogba (MANU), Rafael (MANU), Susaeta (ATH)

TRIBAL ASKS: Sir Alex Ferguson surely needs a major overhaul of his squad to compete in Europe successfully?

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