Manchester United’s Champions League campaign ended in defeat by Atletico Madrid at Old Trafford, leaving them with only a top-four finish in the Premier League to fight for this season.
Ralf Rangnick’s team worked hard but lacked the guile to break down Atletico Madrid’s trademark resilience, as Renan Lodi’s far-post header four minutes before halftime sent the Spanish champions into the last eight.
United dominated possession for much of the second half, but Atletico built a defensive wall of resistance – and when they did threaten, goalkeeper Jan Oblak provided the final barrier.
He made a superb save from Raphael Varane’s header in front of the Stretford End, leaving United to fight for a place in next season’s Champions League in the final weeks of the domestic season.
On the same night, Ajax was eliminated from the Champions League after losing 1-0 at home to Benfica.