Raphael Varane is the first Manchester United player to come out on social media and send a message to the fans after the Atletico Madrid defeat.
The Red Devils crashed out of this year’s Champions League after Diego Simeone’s side won last night’s second leg 1-0 to advance to the quarter-finals 2-1 on aggregate.
Ralf Rangnick’s side huffed and puffed but there was a glaring lack of quality on display from the home side.
We looked clueless when attempting to break down the stubborn Spaniards.
United have 17 days until their next match but it’s likely going to take all of that time to recover from the setback of the devastating defeat.
Varane, a four-time winner of the Champions League, like Cristiano Ronaldo got the better of Simeone’s side with great regularity during their period together at Real Madrid.
But it’s a different story at Manchester United and it’s yet another hammer blow in what has been a hugely disappointing season.
Varane has won the biggest prizes in football, but he will be hurting after last night’s defeat, but he has shown throughout his career that he has the character to bounce back.
Time will tell whether the majority of his teammates can do the same.
When United signed Varane, Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho in the summer, this wasn’t how it was meant to play out.
Our season is effectively over by mid-March, our trophy-drought has extended to five years and we are left facing an uphill struggle qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
It means that Varane and Ronaldo who have become accustomed to getting their hands on the Champions League trophy face the possibility of playing in the Europa League next season.
The French international has sent a passionate message to the United fans via Instagram thanking them for the “incredible” atmosphere they created.