Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini took the blame as his side crashed out of the Europa League last night - despite beating Sporting.
City came from behind to win the second leg, having been two goals down after after a below par first half half - but were eliminated on away goals.
Manchester United were also knocked out of the competition by a brilliant Bilbao side, with goals from Oscar de Marcos and Fernando Llorente.
The result brings an end to what Sir Alex Ferguson admitted has been a "disappointing season" in Europe for his side and the Premier League.
Today's transfer new sees reports Juventus are willing to spend £30m on a new striker - with Robin van Persie and Luis Suarez targets. (talkSPORT)
Didier Drogba has repeated his desire to stay at Chelsea for "as long as possible" amid talk of a summer departure. (London Evening Standard)
And finally, Liverpool are the latest club to be linked with a move for Napoli strike duo Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi. (Setanta Sports)