Man U Stumbles to Europa Loss

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Manchester United must have wished that this truly were a second-rate event. The Premier League club deserved to lose clearly and in the last minute Iker Muniain scored to take Athletic's lead to 3-1 but the hosts reacted with Wayne Rooney converting a penalty. But United were outplayed for much of the Europa League tie.

The side from Bilbao fell 1-0 down yet never seemed perturbed by the fact. So far as the Old Trafford atmosphere was concerned it became one of anxiety. Once Fernando Llorente had put the visitors on level terms the evening fell under the control of Marcelo Bielsa's squad. There was a reminder here that an event of...

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