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Rio Ferdinand describes what went wrong for Manchester United in Europa League final downfall.

Rio Ferdinand describes what went wrong for Manchester United in Europa League final downfall.

Man United legend Rio Ferdinand has described what went wrong for Manchester United in the Europa League final against Villarreal, after a penalty shoot-out loss in Gdansk.

A tense shoot-out only came to a close when goalkeeper David de Gea had his penalty saved by Villarreal’s Geronimo Rulli, with the Spaniards emerging as 11-10 victors.

United fell behind in the first half to Gerard Moreno’s shot but leveled ten minutes after the restart of the second half through Edinson Cavani, though they couldn’t find the difference.

Throughout the season, Ferdinand concedes that United have heavily been depending on individuals to save them and they couldn’t find that time in the most important game of all.

“Manchester United have relied on individuals throughout the season to come up with the trump cards, in critical moments in the games,” he told BT Sport.

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“Bruno has been the man they’ve leaned on, Cavani, Mason sometimes, Marcus, but today they never came up with the goods. In the final third, they didn’t take enough chances, they didn’t risk enough, the imagination wasn’t there, the creativity today.

“It’s not been too many occasions where you can say that, that one of them hasn’t stepped up and produced. They had a spell after Cavani scored and you thought they had the momentum and were going to go on and take the game by the scruff of the neck, but they didn’t.

“Tactically I think Unai Emery got it spot on. Cavani thrives with space behind defenders, but they didn’t allow space behind today at all. Bruno was nullified, closed down at all times.

“There was no space for people like Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford to get in behind with their movement and anticipation. It was never there today. You have to give credit to Unai Emery for that, because tactically he got it spot on.”

United’s four-year halt for a crown is now prolonged, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer anticipating his first trophy as United boss.

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