Sir Alex Ferguson admitted that a disappointing year in continental Europe for Manchester United after their involvement came to an end, but he did not get downhearted attention turns to the Premier League.

The Red Devils dropped in the Europa League after finishing third in their group of the UEFA Champions League, but went 5-3 on aggregate to Athletic Bilbao in the last-16 stage.

Bilbao ran out 2-1 winners in the second leg at San Mames after producing an impressive achievement, and only Wayne Rooney’s late consolation prevented United suffer the worst two-legged European defeat in Ferguson’s all the time as a manager.

The Red Devils won only three of their 10 matches in the UEFA competition and a hat-trick of losses for the first time since 2004.

It represents a surprising fall for a team that three of the last four had reached Champions League final and Ferguson admitted that he has some work to do to figure out where it all went wrong.

“Try to analyze this season against others is a bit difficult,” he said. “There is a route in terms of some of the goals that we have lost in these tournaments. They are pretty bad.

“It’s a disappointing year.”

However the Premier League-leaders have adopted last weekend and they know the gap to the nearest challengers Manchester City will open on four points if they win at wolves on Sunday, Ferguson realizes this is no time to live on the negatives.

“Sorry for myself is not a problem for me,” he said. “There is a disappointment but analyze the performance is more important and we have an important game on Sunday.”

Source Package: SKY

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