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LONDON — When your club has spent £65 million on four strikers, all of whom played in the 2-1 Champions League defeat by Benfica on Wednesday you have a right to expect better than the powder-puff display by Manchester United in the Stadium of Light — none of which is at the end of the Old Trafford tunnel at the moment.

With Ruud van Nistelrooy, Wayne Rooney, Louis Saha and Alan Smith to fire the bullets, United fans had reasonably hoped for more than three goals in six European games this season as their team finished bottom of Champions League group D, one of the weakest of the eight groups.

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