12/07/2011 06:16 EST | Updated 02/06/2012 05:12 EST

Man United stumbles out of Champions League with defeat to Basel; Man City, Ajax also go out

LONDON - There will be no Champions League final for Manchester United this season.

Instead of trips to famous football arenas such as Camp Nou or the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, United will be heading to the likes of Metalist Kharkiv and Legia Warsaw after a shock 2-1 defeat at FC Basel dumped the three-time European champions out of the tournament.

United needed only to avoid defeat in Switzerland to secure a 15th knockout round appearance in 16 Champions League seasons and keep its quest for a remarkable fourth final in five seasons on track.

But Basel progressed instead, leaving United facing the unappetizing