Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson was philosophical about his team's likely exit from the FIFA Club World Championship in Brazil. Speaking after United had lost 1-3 to Vasco da Gama, Ferguson said: "When you make basic mistakes as we did tonight, you must expect a quality striker like Romario to make the most of it. The third goal was an excellent goal and really finished us off. We tried to get back into the game, but the gap was already too big."

Despite failing to reach the Final, Ferguson said he considered his team's participation in the inaugural tournament thoroughly worthwhile. "We have been able to train in excellent conditions and I'm very pleased with the work we have been able to do as a group. We'll go home richer by experience and more determined than ever to win major trophies at home.

"We really wanted to do well in this championship, for our own fans and everybody else involved in English football. We felt the Brazilian people also wanted us to do well. But that's football. When you make mistakes as we did tonight, you have to pay for them."