Manchester United’s destiny is very much in their own hands, leaving Solskjaer delighted.
A comeback 1-1 draw against West Ham on Wednesday wasn’t what Manchester United had in mind, but it still moved them one step closer to a top-four finish.
The Red Devils had Mason Greenwood to thank for as the 18-year-old’s 10th Premier League goal of the season salvaged a point after Paul Pogba’s embarrassing handball led to Michail Antonio’s opener.
The result at Old Trafford leaves United third in the Premier League and a point above fifth-place Leicester City, who they’ll face in the final round of fixtures on Sunday.
A point at the King Power Stadium, therefore, will be enough to secure Champions League football for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
“Well, going into half-time we knew that’s not the result we wanted and a draw or a 1-0 win or a 2-0 win was more or less the same outcome for us,” said Solskjaer via RTE.
“Then we have the same starting point on Sunday. You can’t expect to go and turn teams over and score three or five like we did to have a different scenario for Sunday.
“When we started after the lockdown, we had to go for it. We really had to go for it – we had to go for goal difference, we had to go for points.
“The effort has been fantastic and the results have been fantastic.
“Of course, you’d like to win against Southampton, you concede in the last second, and here today you concede a penalty in the last second of the first half.
“But we’ve given ourselves a fantastic opportunity and a great starting point for Sunday.”