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Manchester United in for long exile, Moyes expected to get big war chest

Moyes expected to get big war chest to rebuild side to shoot for Euro glory

Published on Apr 11, 2014 1:14 PM
The Red Devils had a forgettable quarter-final second leg in Munich, with David de Gea failing to stop this shot from Bayern’s Thomas Mueller. The Germans went on to win 3-1. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LONDON - As Manchester United's players trudged from the pitch at Bayern Munich, it was with the knowledge that they will not experience the Champions League again for at least 17 months.

United are seven points below the top four in the English Premier League, and with only 15 points still to play for, next season is almost certain to be their first without Champions League action since 1995-96.

The 20-time English champions remain the richest and most globally popular club in England, but there are recent precedents that will make both their players and supporters shudder.

Leeds United have not graced the Champions League since reaching the semi-finals in 2001, while current league leaders Liverpool last played in the tournament in December 2009.

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