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Sir Alex Ferguson hopes his Manchester United players will use Wednesday's defeat to Basel as motivation to achieve domestic glory this season.

United failed to progress past the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2005 after failing to get the result required.

A draw in Switzerland would have been enough to see the Barclays Premier League champions into the last 16, but a 2-1 loss was an embarrassing fall from grace for last term's finalists.

United must now accept a place in the Europa League after finishing third in Group C, and could soften the blow somewhat should they triumph in that competition.

And Ferguson believes his United charges can overcome the disappointment of the Basel game and challenge for honours elsewhere.

"Of course we're disappointed, there's no other way you can feel," he explained.

"It's part of football. You have to deal with the disappointment, and this club has used it as motivation many times.

"These young players will feel disappointed tonight but they'll have to cope with it and go on with their careers.

"Our results in the last few years have been outstanding. It's a loss because it's the best tournament in the world. It's a marvellous tournament."

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