UEFA Champions League: Why Manchester United Won't Advance to Last 16 of Europe

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UEFA Champions League: Why Manchester United Won't Advance to Last 16 of Europe
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With five games played in the UEFA Champions League group stages and sitting second in their group behind Benfica, Manchester United find themselves in some pretty unfamiliar territory than in years gone by.

Normally, one could expect the Red Devils to have already clinched top spot by this point. This year, however, after drawing three and winning only twice, Sir Alex Ferguson's men find themselves in a tricky situation. In order to qualify and progress to the latter stages of Europe's elite competition, Manchester United need to get at least a point away at Swiss side FC Basel two weeks from today.

And though on the surface, it may seem an easy task, the Red Devils have been anything but convincing as of late, especially when it comes to getting results in the Champions League.

All this then prompts a bold question: Is it possible for Manchester United, arguably the greatest football team in the world, to miss out on qualification?

This slideshow aims to explain why Manchester United may not qualify for the last 16.

Enjoy!

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