Solskjaer assesses Man Utd’s ‘strange’ performance as Champions League hopes end

And then there were three. Manchester United’s Champions League qualification hopes were officially ended by already relegated Huddersfield.

United got off to a great start, with Scott McTominay firing home after just eight minutes during what was a totally dominant opening period in West Yorkshire.

However, despite Huddersfield only amassing 14 points in 36 games this season, Manchester United were unable to convert their early dominance, with the hosts eventually pulling themselves level in the second half through Isaac Mbenza.

The draw, combined with Chelsea‘s 3-0 win over Watford, ended the Red Devil’s hopes of finishing in the top four this season, with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitting that his sides’ performance was ‘strange’

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“Over 90 minutes we weren’t good enough, we missed chances to put the game away, created many chances and didn’t let them in our half really,” Solksjaer told Sky Sports.

“When you go to these places, stadiums full of energy, we knew if we gave them hope they’d be up for it and unfortunately we did so.

“Sometimes it happens, concentration, application, confidence drops, it was just strange how we changed our approach to the game instead of playing simple. We chose difficult options.

“We are where we are for a reason. Over a long season we haven’t been good enough to challenge for the Champions League places. It’s not come as a surprise but we hoped to show a better performance today.”

The result means that only Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal are left to fight for the two remaining Champions League spots, with just one week of Premier League action remaining.

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