Man Utd boss Ferguson: Athletic Bilbao simply better

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had no complaints with their 3-2 Europa League first-leg defeat to Athletic Bilbao.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had no complaints with their 3-2 Europa League first-leg defeat to Athletic Bilbao.

Wayne Rooney put United ahead, but Fernando Llorente headed an equaliser before the break. Athletic then turned the screw as Oscar De Marcos put the Basque side ahead and Iker Muniain capitalised on Rafael's defensive lapse to make it 3-1.

Rooney's injury-time penalty reduced the areas, but the Red Devils face a tough task to turn it around at San Mames next week.

"We were well beaten, I have to say they were the better team," Ferguson told Channel Five.

"I thought our defending wasn't very good tonight and that kept us on the back foot all the time. Our attacking play was very good at times and it was an open, entertaining match. But Bilbao were the better side.

"We can still win the game. No question. We showed we can make chances against them, but obviously we have to defend better.

"I need to really look and see how we can maybe bring Rio Ferdinand in without disrupting the league programme."

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