On Thursday, Manchester United’s Europa League exit reverberated throughout the continent and soon reached Lisbon, where Juventus drew against Sporting CP to win 2-1 on aggregate and advance to the competition’s semi-finals.
Meanwhile, United struggled to contain Sevilla and suffered a 3-0 defeat in Spain, resulting in a 5-2 loss over both legs of their quarter-final clash.
If Erik ten Hag’s side had advanced, they would have faced the Titans of Turin in the last four. However, a calamitous exit was the result of error-strewn performances from Harry Maguire and goalkeeper David de Gea in particular.
Juve’s social media team must have anticipated United’s unfortunate fate and responded to the results with lightning speed.
They used a clip from the 2010 comedy ‘Four Lions’, attaching the badges of semi-finalists Juventus, Sevilla, and Bayer Leverkusen to the characters singing along merrily to Toploader’s ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’.
In the post, United is represented as the one passenger struggling to get in the swing of things, sporting a mix of shame and jealousy across their face.
The post received mixed replies in the comments section, with some joining in on the laughs while others argued that Juve’s sights should be set higher.
“Did them dirty,” answered one spectator on TikTok, where the edit was posted. “What a day for Juve, won their quarter and got 15 points,” said another, referencing the club’s 15-point Serie A penalty from January being overturned (pending an appeal from authorities).
Others were quick to suggest the Italians may struggle to advance any further in the Europa League as a doubter wrote: “1-1 against Sporting…” Another commented: “This ain’t a flex, Juve should be in the Champions League.”
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The only club missing from Juve’s post was Jose Mourinho’s Roma, who overcame Feyenoord over two legs to reach the Europa League’s last four.
Roma will face Bayer Leverkusen in the penultimate round of the competition, while Massimiliano Allegri’s men hope to prevent Sevilla from winning the competition for the fifth time in nine years.
As for Manchester United, it’s back to the drawing board.
However, they still have the opportunity to win a domestic double if they manage to add the FA Cup to their Carabao Cup title. Ten Hag’s side currently sits in third place in the Premier League, but their place in next season’s Champions League is still far from assured.