Europa League spot is 'right place' for Man United - Solskjaer

Arnold Nichols
May 6, 2019

Isaac Mbenza's 60th-minute strike cancelled out Scott McTominay's opener in what turned out to be the first time a relegated side took points from a top six team this season.

Huddersfield had lost 22 of the last 24 games in all competitions but ended the afternoon feeling disappointed they had been unable to find a victor. There are doubts about Paul Pogba's future.

Manchester United know they can go above Arsenal, and potentially Chelsea, by beating Huddersfield and will start as big favourites to do so this afternoon.

"At least you can identify with them".

Perhaps worse are the wider connotations of Sanchez's transfer and subsequent failure at Old Trafford - a place where wonderful talents - from Falcao to Schweinsteiger to Memphis - are shoehorned carelessly into a team without direction and end up searching for the exit door. It reminds me of the Tottenham group Pochettino inherited, with Kaboul, Adebayor, Capoue in, a group of individuals without any real spirit - he dismantled it piece by piece.

"It's going to hit Manchester United in the summer in terms of attracting the top players, they want to play in the Champions League", Sutton added.

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 haven't deserved to be top-four", Solskjaer said. "The kids will get chances to play games".

"The Champions League is where this club should always be".

Solskjaer's first job is to get United back into the top four and, judging by the performance at Huddersfield on Sunday, that is easier said than done. Under chief executive Ed Woodward, while the club has been a massive success financially, there is no clear plan or direction on the pitch moving forward.

Alexis Sanchez was handed a rare start at Huddersfield but was ineffective once again before being substituted with an ankle injury after 54 minutes. It is an uncomfortable truth for Woodward and the scouts, analysts and deal-makers who have been tasked with spending the money.

"It's not going to be like an old, military-style pre-season". History suggests it will not be the last, either.

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