Ferguson watched the second leg, as he did the first.

Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted with Anthony Martial's goal

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There really wasn't too much for Manchester United fans to smile about this evening.

Their 1-1 draw against Liverpool in the Europa League means they're out of the competition having lost the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

The Red Devils were hoping to sneak into the Champions League via Europe's second tier competition this season having struggled in the league, with a top four finish looking unlikely. However their first ever European tie against their fierce rivals ended in tears following a 2-0 defeat in the first leg at Anfield. 

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There was one brief moment where they Old Trafford faithful were able to dream though. The home side were on top in the first half, although David de Gea had to pull off a superb save to deny Philippe Coutinho, and Daniel Sturridge also hit the bar before the first 45 were up.

The Red Devils' pressure eventually told when Nathaniel Clyne's foul in the box led to Anthony Martial cooly stroking home a penalty beyond Simon Mignolet.

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That nearly lifted the roof off Old Trafford, and prompted a response from one famous face in particular. Sir Alex Ferguson was watching in the stands, and couldn't help let out a huge smile and a fist pump when the ball hit the net.

The legendary boss had good reason to smile too; Manchester United needed just one goal to potentially force extra time and penalties, and pull off a brilliant comeback against their biggest rivals.


Sadly it wasn't to be however. Coutinho's brilliant solo effort silenced the home crowd on the stroke of half-time, and effectively put the tie to bed.

The Red Devils were left needing three goals to make it through. Despite a spirited response in the second half they couldn't find the back of the net and the tie was over.

Boss Louis van Gaal will now face yet more awkward questions about his future at the club. The Dutchman can still cling on to the fact his side are still in the FA Cup and their hopes of making the top four aren't completely over with less than ten games to go.


However the reality of the situation is that, after Ferguson's glorious era, Manchester United have been knocked out of Europe's secondary competition by a team in 8th place in the league. Fergie certainly won't be smiling about that.

Where would Man Utd be in the league if Fergie was still in charge?

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