Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League last night in a tight game against Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford, meaning that the side are now unable to win a single trophy this season.
The Red Devils have now been knocked out of the FA Cup, the Champions League and are currently 20 points behind their next door neighbours, Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table, making it virtually impossible for the side to win the league this season.
Not even the advantage of being in front of their home fans could save Ralf Rangnick’s side from conceding defeat against Atletico, despite having a lot more more possession of the ball (60%) and more shots on target over the course of the game.
The blame lies in a poor performance from many individuals in the team who failed to step up in the season-defining game for Manchester United.
One player who failed to deliver on expectations was Bruno Fernandes, who was reintroduced into the team following his absence in the victory over Spurs through illness last weekend, and Rangnick clearly made a mistake going against his winning midfield from their previous encounter by starting the Portuguese player in the team last night.
According to SofaScore, Fernandes gave very little to his team during his 67 minute performance last night with no interceptions and no tackles as he lost 100% of his duels.
He was also unsuccessful in 100% of his dribbles, lost possession of the ball every 2 touches and was dribbled past once by an opponent.
The £100k-per-week dud was eventually benched to be replaced by French midfielder Paul Pogba in the second half.
However, it was too little too late for the German coach and his team, as they crashed out of the European competition, which means that superstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo will go trophy-less for the first time in over a decade.
The interim Manchester United boss will now have full focus on securing another chance in the Champions League next season for the club by securing a top-four spot in a tight race with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
They are currently fifth in the Premier League just one point behind the Gunners who have three games in hand on their competitors, so there will be no doubt there is still a huge challenge ahead for Rangnick and his team.