Manchester United players hit the town as rivals secure Champions League semi-finals spots 

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Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba lead Man United players out on the town to celebrate Eric Bailly’s birthday as they enjoy a night off – while their two biggest rivals secure Champions League semi-finals spots

  • Manchester United players went out to celebrate defender Eric Bailly’s birthday 
  • They visited the ZOUK Tear Bar and Grill based in Manchester city centre
  • The likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford all attended 
  • Cristiano Ronaldo though was not pictured arriving at the venue on Wednesday
  • Meanwhile, Man City and Liverpool advanced in the Champions League  

While Man City and Liverpool were securing their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, Manchester United players were out on the town.

Manchester City advanced after a tense and chaotic goalless draw with Atletico Madrid to move to the next round with a 1-0 aggregate victory.

Liverpool meanwhile drew 3-3 with Benfica on the night but reached the last-four thanks to their 3-1 victory in Portugal last week.

Manchester United players were out on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of Eric Bailly

Manchester United players were out on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of Eric Bailly

Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani were among United stars who went out on Wednesday

Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani were among United stars who went out on Wednesday

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Manchester City reached the last four of the Champions League

Elsewhere on Wednesday, Manchester City reached the last four of the Champions League

Liverpool also advanced and could win four trophies while United will go trophyless

Liverpool also advanced and could win four trophies while United will go trophyless

It could have been Manchester United in Atletico Madrid’s place – if they hadn’t of crashed out of the Round of 16. 

While their rivals were moving one step away from the final in Paris, United players were enjoying themselves on their night off to celebrate Eric Bailly’s 28th birthday. 

Among the players out included the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes, Jesse Lingard and Edinson Cavani. 

They visited the ZOUK Tea Bar and Grill in Manchester which offers Pakistani and Indian authentic cuisine. 

Bailly turned up for his big night wearing a smart shirt and jeans and seemed to be enjoying himself as he was pictured smiling outside of the venue while speaking to a group of people.

Paul Pogba speaks to someone outside of the ZOUK Tea Bar and Grill in Manchester city centre

Paul Pogba speaks to someone outside of the ZOUK Tea Bar and Grill in Manchester city centre

Out-of-form Marcus Rashford arrived with his hood up as he walked into the restaurant

Out-of-form Marcus Rashford arrived with his hood up as he walked into the restaurant

The Frenchman was the last player to leave the venue at around 11.30pm and a group of teenagers sang ‘happy birthday’ to him as he left the restaurant. 

Fernandes walked into the venue alongside Cavani who has been out of action in recent games with a calf injury.

Spaniard Juan Mata was also seen walking in front of them, while Lingard, Jadon Sancho and Aaran Wan-Bissaka were pictured arriving as a group.

Rashford and Pogba meanwhile arrived in designer hoodies, as they joined the celebrations for their team-mate’s birthday.   

There were a number of notable absentees who were not pictured however, including the club’s biggest star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar is currently facing an investigation from Merseyside Police following claims that he smashed an Everton fan’s phone at the weekend.

Jadon Sancho arrived with team-mates Jesse Lingard and defender Aaron-Wan Bissaka

Jadon Sancho arrived with team-mates Jesse Lingard and defender Aaron-Wan Bissaka

Ronaldo took to social media to apologise for his actions and even offered the 14-year-old boy a chance to visit a game at Old Trafford.

However, the boy’s mum refused the chance to meet Ronaldo and said they don’t ‘owe him a favour’. 

Captain Harry Maguire and goalkeeper David De Gea were also not seen heading towards the restaurant.

Manchester United have suffered a miserable season on and off the pitch.

While their two biggest rivals are eying up a treble, in the case of Manchester City, and a potential quadruple for Liverpool – United will finish the season trophyless.

It’s not even certain whether they will obtain Champions League qualification for the next campaign with the Red Devils currently languishing in seventh place – six points off Tottenham who occupy fourth.

Manchester United have had a miserable season and could miss out on the Champions League

Manchester United have had a miserable season and could miss out on the Champions League

The Red Devils are six points off the top-four spots with just seven league games remaining

The Red Devils are six points off the top-four spots with just seven league games remaining

United are coming off the back of the miserable 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park and things could get worse with big away games coming up against Liverpool and Arsenal next week. 

There have been reports throughout the season of rifts between the camp, cliques in the dressing room and players who are not happy at the club. 

Fans will be keen for the season to end and hope that a new permanent manager can turn things around going into next season. 

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is said to have verbally agreed the framework of a deal from United who have presented him with a three-year contract including the option for a fourth.

Things could get worse for United who play both Liverpool and Arsenal away next week

Things could get worse for United who play both Liverpool and Arsenal away next week

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