Antonio Valencia has apologised to Manchester United fans for the 3-1 loss against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena last night.
A gritty defensive display in the first half kept Bayern at bay but some end to end football in the second half following Patrice Evra’s goal saw United capitulate and with that, we went out of the Champions League.
It’s rare that you’ll ever say this but United’s goal actually worked more in Bayern’s favour than ours.
When it went in, the players were on cloud nine and didn’t come back down again until we were 2-1 down.
Before United scored, Bayern weren’t overly threatening. Anything they had coming forward, we had a response to but after Evra’s goal, it was one way traffic and Bayern had complete control of the game from then on.
Valencia might have apologised but it was a collective effort and loss. For example, Rooney and Carrick underperformed greatly and should have both been replaced instead of Fletcher and others.
The loss might not be a surprise to the neutrals but for United fans, it’s a disappointment because we could have won that game, it was ours for the taking. Instead, we lost our heads after scoring like giddy schoolboys and were punished for it.
Now, we won’t have Champions League football until at least the 2015/16 season – that’s what Valencia and United’s players should be apologising to fans for, not the performance against Bayern.