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League form has cost us in Europe - Man Utd's Carrick

Manchester United will not be a part of the UEFA Champions League next season for the first time since 1995/96.

The Red Devils lost 3-1 to Bayern Munich in the quarter-final second leg at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night to bow out of the competition 4-2 on aggregate to the reigning champions.

Ultimately, the defeat at the hands of Bayern ended United's run in Europe's top flight but midfielder Michael Carrick has blamed the failure on the Old Trafford clubs poor league results this season which have given them no chance of producing a top-four finish.

"It's obviously not good enough," he told Sky Sports.

"We've said that over the last couple of weeks. It's obviously not good enough because this club should be in the Champions League.

"It was always going to be tough tonight. The reason why we're not in the Champions League next season is not so much because of tonight or last week, it's about our league form, so we take responsibility for that.

"It's been over a long period of time that we've had bad results and ultimately we've paid for it."

Although it is a major disappointment for the proud club, who have won the Champions League three times, Carrick is confident they will bounce back as soon as possible.

"I don't think there will be a knock on effect," he added. "We need to pick ourselves up and finish the season as well as we can and we start again next year coming back believing we can challenge for the title again. That's all that matters now.

"This is where we want to be. This is where we've been for a long time and we'll be back here in the not too distant future."

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