Sir Alex Ferguson bemoaned 'careless' defending after Manchester United squandered a two-goal lead before snatching a 3-3 draw with Champions League rivals FC Basel here on Tuesday.

Ferguson was left stony-faced after watching his side surge into a 2-0 first-half lead through a Danny Welbeck brace before Alexander Frei and Fabian Frei put Basel 3-2 ahead late in the game.

A 90th-minute Ashley Young equaliser saved United's blushes but Ferguson struggled to find positives in a Group C result that leaves his team two points behind Basel and Benfica.

"We were careless. They made two or three openings in the first half, but a lack of concentration killed us. We threw the game away," Ferguson said.

"It was a really good performance in the first half but we were left grappling to get a result. It's a wake-up call, losing three goals at home. The defenders and midfielders have to be better," he added.

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* Napoli 2 Villarreal 0
* CSKA Moscow 2 
* Inter Milan 3
* Trabzonspor 1 Lille 1
* Otelul Galati 0 Benfica 1
* Manchester United 3 Basel 3
* Lyon 2 Dinamo Zagreb 0
* Real Madrid 3 Ajax 0