Man United 'not good enough', says Solskjaer

Man United 'not good enough', says Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to turn next season's Europa League campaign into a positive for Manchester United after his side's Premier League top-four hopes were ended by Huddersfield Town.

Isaac Mbenza cancelled out Scott McTominay's first-half opener for United, who twice hit the crossbar through Paul Pogba.

"Effort and attitude was not the problem".

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

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. It has just caught up with us. "It is a fair reflection that we will finish sixth".

"We've ended up with the last hope being taken away".

"We are many levels [behind Liverpool and City] at the moment, but that's the size of the challenge". We weren't able to. It's not just this season but the last five or six - we know where we are more or less at and it's not good enough.

Solskjaer was referring to the possibility of his side having to play in a Europa League qualifier should Watford beat City in the FA Cup final. Should Watford win to earn a place in the Europa League group phase, United will have to play in the second qualifying round in July with the first match clashing with a lucrative pre-season commitment against Spurs on tour in Shanghai.

"There was always going to be a period in this game Huddersfield would press us because of the energy of the crowd".

On the hour, Lossl caught a United corner, punted the ball accurately upfield where Shaw failed to clear and Mbenza raced through to push the ball through De Gea's legs.


Pogba hit the crossbar again in the closing stages with a shot from outside the area, but Huddersfield held on.

"But it's been a exhausted team towards the end, I have to say".

"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".

"I am an optimist by nature and you have to make the most of it".

"We have to make sure that we are getting closer and moving that way up the table and not looking over the shoulders because there are big clubs, good clubs wanting to chase that top six".

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

"I know Manchester United is something players would love to experience", he said. "It is tough to change a playing idea during such a season". "It was important that we stuck to it and we showed what we can do".

"Maybe it's too dramatic to say we wanted to give him something back but obviously we wanted to give him something to be proud of".

Huddersfield fans, already well resigned to their fate, were in fine voice in paying tribute to chairman Dean Hoyle, who will step down after agreeing to sell the club.

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