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Thomas Tuchel gives damning verdict on Man Utd after Champions League elimination

Thomas Tuchel gives damning verdict on Man Utd after Champions League elimination

Tuchel has had his say.

Bayern Munich boss Thomas Tuchel gave a damning verdict on Manchester United after his side defeated them 1-0 at Old Trafford to ensure they finished bottom of their Champions League group.

United went into the night knowing that only a win could secure qualification to the knockout stages, but they needed Copenhagen and Galatasaray to draw.

As it happened, victory for the Danish side meant United couldn't have made it through anyway, but a positive result would have secured entry into the Europa League play-off round.

Ten Hag's side, however, only managed one shot on target over the 90 minutes, with Kingsley Coman's 70th-minute finish from close range proving to be the difference between the two sides in terms of the scoreline.

It was a successful return to England for Tuchel, who was back in the country as a manager for the first time since being sacked by Chelsea in September 2022.

And speaking after the match, the German expertly dissected exactly why United have failed in this season's Champions League.

He told reporters: "In some of [United's] matches, games changed in a blink of an eye.

"They were comfortable in the lead in Istanbul, and gave it away. They were comfortable in the lead in Copenhagen. It is a big club, they are a dangerous team.

"[Surprised United are bottom?] Yeah, this is a huge club and not what you expect.

"In the group you expect also Manchester United challenging for the win of the group and a place in the round of 16, but in my experience I can tell you we had a difficult group."

Bayern topped their group with 16 points from their six games, with their only dropped points coming in the 0-0 home draw against Copenhagen last month.

For United, their attentions will switch to the Premier League - and the small task of a trip to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Sunday.

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Topics: Thomas Tuchel, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Champions League