Neville laments ‘long road’ for Man Utd after Champions League exit

Gary Neville says it was ‘no surprise’ Manchester United were dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday and warned his former side of a ‘long road’ ahead.

United were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford, with Atletico Madrid coming out on top 2-1 on aggregate.

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It means the Red Devils have now gone five seasons without a trophy, with the only thing left to play for a Champions League qualification spot this season.

And they face an uphill battle to pip Arsenal to fourth, with the Gunners one point above them with three games in hand.

Neville took to Twitter to lament a ‘long road in to the end of May’ and claimed their early exit from Europe’s showcase competition came as ‘no surprise’.

‘No surprise last night,’ Neville wrote on Twitter. ‘Any decent team, with organisation and fight are likely to beat this United team.

‘It’s why I couldn’t get excited after Spurs last Saturday because that Spurs performance will get you beat v a good team. A long road in to the end of May!’

Meanwhile, Paul Scholes has taken aim at United over their decision to appoint Ralf Rangnick on an interim basis, insisting the squad needs a “proper coach”.

Paul Scholes said on BT Sport: “How (Ralf Rangnick) was chosen to be manager of this club, I don’t know. Getting a proper coach for this team is a massive thing.

“There is some real talent in this squad.

“The very first thing this club needs to do to get anywhere near winning the league again is getting in a proper coach who works for this team.

“If Diego Simeone was managing them, United would have gone through.”

“We have had a lot of pain and I think there is more to come until we get back to where we want to be.

“Two, three or four years it could be that long until they’re challenging for the league. I’d snap your hand off for that now.

“You saw with Liverpool and City in those two or three years, you knew they were coming, and you know they were going to be challenging for a league title.

“We haven’t had that for eight to 10 years since Sir Alex went and there is no sign we’re getting closer to that and it feels like we’re going in the opposite direction.

“It’s going to take getting the right man, the next man might not be the right man, but those people behind the scenes have got to make sure it’s the right man.”

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