Published: Mon, May 06, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Champions League hopes ruined by Huddersfield draw

Champions League hopes ruined by Huddersfield draw

Isaac Mbenza scored the equaliser in the second half to earn a deserve point for Huddersfield, who began the game having lost 22 of their last 24 games in all competitions.

Going into the game, United's slim chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League were still alive, knowing that only victory in their last two games of the season and favorable results elsewhere would see them finish in the top four of the Premier League.

United, who had appeared to be out of contention for a top four finish when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho in December, now look set to finish the season in sixth. He was right, but it was an assessment that could easily be applied to most of the games played since Ferguson signed off.

"Sometimes it happens, concentration, application, confidence drops, it was just unusual how we changed our approach to the game instead of playing simple". I can say that the players were running, they were trying.

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. After collecting a cross, he quickly booted the ball up the pitch and an error by Luke Shaw allowed Mbenza to come one-on-one with David De Gea and score with a shot between the Spaniard's legs.

Watching it unravel again at Huddersfield, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville was scathing.

"Well they're not letting me down, we're a team, we're a team together".

"The fitter you are the more you can do". However, like I've said before if Ander Herrera is to leave the club at the end of the season, he shouldn't be playing now.

Whether you agree with Neville or not, it at least reflects the challenge facing the Norwegian as he aims to revive a club that still consider themselves to be one of the biggest in the world.

Huddersfield may have won this fixture last season but a repeat here is unlikely after the Terriers were relegated in record-equalling time way back in March.

Mata was at Valencia before he moved to the Premier League to join Chelsea.

Mata appears to be one of the few players Solskjaer is keen to retain ahead of a Summer rebuild after he was reportedly offered a new deal by United.

Solskjaer also conceded that, on balance, United deserved to only play Europa League football next season after an underwhelming campaign.

"They have slipped up of late but Solskjaer is going to be there at the start of next season and he needs backing from the current players and the board in terms of spending".

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