Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits the club have had a bad time in Europe this season.

The Red Devils lost 3-2 to Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League quarter-final first leg at Old Trafford last night and Ferguson suggests that maybe the reigning England champions have not prepared well enough for home games in Europe recently.

"We have had a bad year in Europe," Ferguson said.

"We conceded three against Basel, two against Benfica, another three against Bilbao and two to Ajax. That tells its own story.

"Maybe it is just one of those years where we are having to re-stock and assess how we should approach games at home."

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