United's Champions League hopes end with draw v Huddersfield

06 May, 2019, 05:22 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Nemanja Matic of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, top, and Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, England, Sunday May 5, 2019.

"The players were running, were trying and we just weren't good enough".

Speaking after the match, Solskjaer was disappointed to face the prosect of UEFA's second tournament, saying: "It was always a possibility that we would be in the Europa League and if City don't win the FA Cup we will have a very early start. We have to make something positive out of it, no matter what". The table seldom lies.

"You can use the Europa League as something positive as Chelsea and Arsenal have done this year and we did a couple of years ago when we won it".

Scott McTominay's early strike - his second goal for the club - gave United an early lead at already-relegated Huddersfield but, despite dominating possession and creating numerous chances, we couldn't score a second goal and Isaac Mbenza equalised on the hour mark for the home side.

Solskjaer refused to point the blame at any individuals following this latest disappointing result, but he reiterated that some players will be on their way out of Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Solskjaer said his players were not letting him down, but were "a exhausted team", while he refused to be despondent.

The manager also wants to see his side settle into a more defined style of play.

"I'm an optimist by nature and you make the most of it". I think the best way to approach a game is to smile but I think I was smiling more in the first 20-25 minutes but we weren't able to capitalise on our chances and weren't good enough in the end.

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"Effort and attitude was not the problem", Solskjaer said.

"Sometimes it happens, concentration, application, confidence drops, it was just unusual how we changed our approach to the game instead of playing simple".

Already-relegated Huddersfield, who had managed just nine goals from open play prior to Sunday's match, grew into the contest and nearly levelled through Karlan Grant, before Paul Pogba headed against the crossbar three minutes before the break. The goal we gave them, more or less.

Shaw's bad error in trying to cut out a long clearance from Lossl presented Mbenza with the chance to get off the mark in England, which he duly took, firing through the legs of David de Gea. We have conceded too many times when we have had a corner kick.

Huddersfield halted a run of eight straight defeats under boss Jan Siewert, who felt vindicated for sticking to his philosophy.

"It is important we stuck to it and showed it is possible against such a tough opponent".

"There is sadness and excitement at the club at the moment".

"It is not what we want but that is the reality".

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