LEIPZIG: Manchester United were relegated out of the Champions League to the Europa League after losing 3-2 away to RB Leipzig in their final Group H game.
United, needing a point to progress, made the worst possible start as Leipzig’s on-loan Manchester City left-back Angelino rifled a low shot past David De Gea.
Angelino turned provider soon after, crossing for Amadou Haidara to turn home at the back post and give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a mountain to climb.
Twenty minutes remained when Bruno Fernandes hit the bar with a free-kick before Justin Kluivert scored a third for the hosts.
A Fernandes penalty, and Paul Pogba header – deflected off the back of Harry Maguire – in the final 10 minutes set up a grandstand finish, but it was too little too late.
Solskjaer’s side were second-best as they failed to recreate recovery trick which has worked so well in the Premier League. United face neighbours City in the Manchester derby at the weekend.
Jorginho’s penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw for a second-string Chelsea side against Krasnodar in Group E. Chelsea thus confirmed their place at the top of the table while the third-placed Russians slipped into the Europa League.
Remy Cabella put Krasnodar into the lead at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea immediately hit back with Jorginho converting from the spot after a foul on Tammy Abraham.
In the other Group E match, Jules Kounde’s fine volley from the edge of the box and Youssef En Nesyri’s double sealed a 3-1 win for section runners-up Sevilla at Rennes, who grabbed a consolation through Georginio Rutter’s late penalty.