Friday, February 25, 2011

Mark Lomas: Shades of '05 as United fail to inspire

In November 2005, Manchester United played away in Europe on a chilly night at the Stade de France. It was an embarrassing evening for Sir Alex Ferguson's side, as they crashed to a 1-0 defeat to Lille, a result that paved the way for United's first failure to reach the Champions League knockout stages in a decade.

Five-and-a-half years on and a trip to Marseille's Stade Velodrome left some with a remarkable sense of déjà vu after a Red Devils side bereft of creativity failed to score in France again.

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