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London 2 Manchester 0 in Champions League

It was an early and ignominious exit from the Champions League for both Manchester clubs. Manchester United lost 2-1 in Basel, allowing the Swiss club to progress at their expense. Manchester City beat Bayern Munich, but Napoli’s win against Villareal meant that the Italians qualified with the Germans.

Roberto Mancini’s City are at the top of the Premier League, with United in second place, but both clubs must now join the humble Europa League while Europe’s elite move on to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Mancini’s failure may be overshadowed by United’s. Sir Alex Ferguson’s team had looked the strongest in a mediocre group but they struggled throughout the campaign. Ferguson pinpointed the home draw with Basel as a crucial result, as it had seemed a game United would win comfortably, but they ended up drawing.

On television, the former United captain Roy Keane suggested that United’s young players had failed to distinguish themselves. Ferguson reacted angrily to this, pointing out that Keane’s own managerial record at Ipswich was woeful. "I don't know why you are bringing this up from a television critic," Fergie said. "Roy had an opportunity to prove himself as a manager and it's a hard job."

Mancini put a brave face on City’s exit. "Our lives aren't finished now," he said. "We will go into the Europa League and it is an important trophy for Manchester City."

England’s remaining representatives in the Champions League are Arsenal and Chelsea. Both London clubs progressed as winners of their groups.

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