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Highlights & Post-Match Quotes: Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Manchester United

Warning: The following footage may be graphic or difficult to stomach if you're an overly sensitive Manchester United supporter.

HIGHLIGHTS -- The Massacre in Bilbao

Goals: Athletic - Fernando Llorente (23'), Oscar de Marcos (65') | United - Wayne Rooney (80')


Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of Channel 5)

(On the result...) "There are always lessons to learn from every football match, whether you win or lose. It's disappointing more than anything. We haven't progressed in the Champions League and now we're out of the Europa League. I think the best team went through. I don't think we can complain."

(Overall thoughts on the match...) "They got a really soft goal to put them ahead and that's the last thing we wanted. I can't believe we lost a goal like that. It was a really poor one. Otherwise, I thought it was quite even in the first half. I thought we did quite well. But at the start of the second half Bilbao did very well. They could have scored two or three goals. Towards the end we had a bit of impetus - we scored a goal but we didn't get anywhere near to winning it."

(On the rest of United's season...) "It's not a sense of relief [going out of Europe] because we still have 10 games to play [in the league] and that's a long way to go until you can win a title. Obviously we now have to make sure we win on Sunday against Wolverhampton Wanderers. We decided to take off Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and, eventually, Ryan Giggs because we have to think about Sunday."

Patrice Evra | MUFC defender (courtesy of MUTV)

(On United's need to win the league...) "A big club like Manchester United should be able to compete in every competition. But now we have no choice, we have to focus on the league. We have to win the league to save our season. If we don't win the league, it will have been a really bad season."

(On whether can quickly bounce back...) "I'm not worried about the league because we are playing well and now we are top, in front of Manchester City. After tonight we go home and rest, then focus on Wolves because it's a big game, a massive game and we have to make sure we win."

(On United's disappointing European form this season...) "We didn't start well in Europe this year - maybe we were too confident at the beginning of the Champions League - and this is the end now. We are out again and we have to be honest with ourselves, we don't deserve to be in the Champions League or the Europa League. We haven't played in Europe this season with the same desire that we have in the league. We can see the difference in the league - we are top, and we are more focused on the league, we have to tell the truth. I don't know why that is. If I knew the answer, it wouldn't have happened. But it's a bad year in Europe for Manchester United. That's it."

(On Athletic...) "Athletic Club played very well and they deserved to win both games. They could have scored more goals tonight as well. I give them a lot of credit. They can reach the final because they play well, they run everywhere and they have the right spirit, better than us. That's why they won."