Marcelo "Loco" Bielsa's team came to Old Trafford and they conquered Utd in their own turf. Wayne Rooney gave the home team the lead against the run of play but Bilbao playing outstanding football was going to have its way.
Fernando Llorente equalized just before the half with the Basques scorching Utd with their free flowing, attacking football, a Bielsa trademark. In the 70th minute Oscar de Marcos put the Basques up by two finishing off a flurry off rapid fire passes around the box which finally found him. Iker Munian got Bilbao's third sweeping in David De Gea's spill of a de Marcos shot as a bemused Rafael failed to react. Almost immediately Rooney was able to convert a spot kick after the ball was handled by de Marcos. The scoreline does not reflect the utter domination by the Basques.
By the way, remember a few years ago how the Premiership claimed ascendancy over the rest of the European leagues. A sense of triumphalism accompanying the wave of English clubs sweeping aside continental competition. No longer. Arsenal was dispatched on Tuesday. Chelsea's hopes hang by a thread in the Champions League. And after today, the two top teams in the Premiership are in grave danger of bowing out of Europe's second best competition.