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Scholes: United will bounce back

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Paul Scholes insists Sir Alex Ferguson will not allow his Manchester United players to dwell on the disappointment of being knocked out of the UEFA Champions League, and says the squad must now shift their focus to retaining the Barclays Premier League title.

The former Red Devils midfielder - a veteran of 16 European campaigns under Ferguson - admits this season's performances meant the club didn't deserve to progress to the knockout stages, but says that there is still plenty to play for this season.

"Obviously it's disappointing [to go out of the Champions League], but I don't think the damage was done in Basel," Scholes told MUTV. "It was probably done at Old Trafford.

"When you go into a group-stage you always want to win your home games and we didn't manage to do that. We conceded goals at stupid times, silly goals as well, which have really cost us.

"You just have to bounce back. It's a big disappointment, but we probably didn't deserve to go through considering the way we played. Now, you have to get on with it. You can't go back now, you can't change it, you just have to get on with the next job at hand, which is winning the league."

United host Wolves at Old Trafford in this weekend's Barclays Premier League encounter, and Scholes highlighted it as a perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

"Any game would have been the perfect game," he continued. "It might take a bit of time to get over this – it's a big disappointment going out of the Champions League before Christmas – but we can't dwell on it. We have to look forward. The Wolves game is a big game now and we have to win it."

The club's failure to secure qualification to the UEFA Champions League knockout phase means Ferguson's men will now compete in the Europa League - a competition they are unfamiliar with, and Scholes admits he's not sure how the Reds will fare.

"I really don't know," Scholes concluded. "It's not something you plan for at the start of the season.

"I'm sure the manager will want to try and win it but, as I said, it's not something you set out to do at the start of the season."

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