Ole was philosophical about the disappointment felt across the country in the wake of being beaten in such circumstances, particularly after United’s season had ended in similar agony when losing the Europa League final shoot-out to Villarreal in Gdansk.

“Obviously, we know the feeling the whole of England had after the game,” he said. “One kick decides the whole mood. An even game, maybe Italy bossed possession a little bit, of course, but when it comes to penalty shoot-outs, anything can happen, as we know from our own last game.

“It’s hard on the boys but that’s football sometimes. You just have to deal with it and move on. I know the whole atmosphere in the country has been so great and, of course, it’s an anti-climax. I know that.”

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