Lack of experience cost United

Updated: December 8, 2011, 6:03 PM ET
By Michael Cox | Special to ESPN.com

Manchester United was not knocked out of the Champions League solely because of a defeat to FC Basel. That contributed, of course, but the home draws against Basel and Benfica were equally unacceptable.

Nine points is sometimes enough to progress, but not when there is a (literally) pointless side like Otelul Galati stranded at the bottom of the group. To go on a brief tangent, Galati was a truly terrible side. The team didn't need to go through qualification for the group stages ...

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