Huddersfield Town vs. Manchester United - Football Match Report
May 06 2019
"We've talked about next season as in we need to start to rebuild and of course next season will be one without Champions League football", Solskjaer said.
The Swede's initial run in charge was undoubtedly fantastic, liberating the players with the freedom of attacking football that harkened back to the glory days under Ferguson, but that stretch has proved to be little more than the so-called "new-manager bounce". We just weren't good enough.
The Europa League awaits for United as Huddersfield prepare for life in the Sky Bet Championship, although Mbenza's strike ensured a positive end to the popular Dean Hoyle's final home match as chairman.
Perhaps worse are the wider connotations of Sanchez's transfer and subsequent failure at Old Trafford - a place where incredible talents - from Falcao to Schweinsteiger to Memphis - are shoehorned carelessly into a team without direction and end up searching for the exit door. We should have, could have, played better but we didn't.
This result means they can no longer catch Tottenham and Chelsea in the Champions League places - and could yet start the season in the Europa League play-offs should they finish in the sixth place and Watford beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final. Today we had good periods, very bad periods.
Ultimately, it did not work as they failed to go on to get the three points. "They've just switched off simple as that".
"We haven't deserved to be top-four", Solskjaer said. "There can be no other explanation".
A hopeful ball forward should have been dealt with by Shaw, only for a calamitous attempt at a clearance to allow Mbenza in behind to slot through De Gea's legs and send the home fans wild.
Lossl had time to make up for his earlier error before the interval, touching a Paul Pogba header onto the bar, but Huddersfield looked the better team after the restart.
Town enjoyed good fortune when a late Pogba shot hit the bar once more but might even have enjoyed a flawless final home game when De Gea's legs were all that stood between the United net and an 89th minute victor from Grant.