Europa League is the right place for United – Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels a Europa League ticket is what Manchester United deserve after their poor season.

The Red Devil’s tiny hopes of securing a Champions League spot was snuffed out by already-relegated Huddersfield in Sunday’s 1-1 draw.

The Terriers were playing for pride in what was their last home game in the top-flight. Scott McTominay gave United the lead before Isaac Mbenza equalised for the host.

United came close to snatching the winner only for Paul Pogba’s effort to hit the crossbar.

And Solskjaer finally admitted the Europa League place was all they could deliver following a poor campaign that was managed alongside Jose Mourinho.

“We gave ourselves a chance to be in the Champions League, something we didn’t think was possible,” Solskjaer said.

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“You could say we lost the opportunity (on Sunday), but that’s not the case – it’s been all through the season. It’s not been good enough.

“We had so many opportunities to grab third or fourth. We weren’t able to. So it’s probably the right place for us, the Europa League, next year.”

The point left Solskjaer’s side four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with one game left, with a sixth-place finish behind Arsenal appearing likely.

“Effort and attitude was not the problem,” Solskjaer said via Football365. “The players were running and trying. We just weren’t good enough. That is the problem.”

Solskjaer is aware it could get worse for his side as he referred to the possibility of them having to play in a Europa League qualifier should Watford beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final.


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