This didn’t seem that difficult. Go into Wolfsburg, get out with at least a draw, and guarantee a spot in the Champions League knockout rounds. Instead, Manchester United couldn’t hold onto their early lead and have been bounced from the competition and into the Europa League.
Wolfsburg were surprisingly dominant all day. Martial did give United the opening goal 10 minutes in, but even then Wolfsburg were creating better chances. The home team broke the tie in the 29th minute, United had an equalizer ruled out a little later, and while the visitors had hope after an own goal in the 82nd leveled things up, Wolfsburg got the winner two minutes later. If it wasn’t for David De Gea, United probably would’ve lost by an even larger margin: