Ole Gunnar Solskjaer slams own team, says Manchester United deserve Europa League

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"This is not a team", said the former United defender, "and the more I watch this, it's not a team".

Poor form meant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side were always going to be relying on unlikely results elsewhere if they were to seal Champions League football, but few expected them to come a cropper at the John Smith's Stadium. There are doubts about Paul Pogba's future.

"In my opinion he's world class".

"Ole will need to do the same, it'd be nice if the club got an experienced sporting director to help him, but the shambles of that recruitment reported in the press this week hasn't helped". Did he show signs under Solskjaer that things are turning? Yes.

Whether or not Mata finds the net remains to be seen, however United should definitely score against a side who have shipped 21 goals in their last six games.

United play Cardiff City at home on Sunday on the final day of the season knowing that they are all but mathematically destined to finish the season in sixth place.

No. The most damaging aspect of this latest setback were the look, and words, of resignation from Solskjaer as he spoke of a season in the Europa League, and a loss of around £35 million in Champions League appearance money. You watch them, they haven't got the quality, but I like watching them a lot more than the ones in the red shirts, to be honest. He's taken over a mess from Mourinho.

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Solskjaer does not expect to make a significant number of signings, though, and will instead focus on improving his existing squad, with increased fitness a priority.

"We gave ourselves a chance to be in the Champions League, something we didn't think was possible".

"There needs to be a bit of calmness at United over the situation".

"Look at what Manchester City and Liverpool have done in that time, they've bought the right players without any egos".

The midfield three of Herrera, Matic and Pogba played well against Chelsea, so I'm hoping that they'll continue to play at the same tempo against Huddersfield. In the first half, you thought after half an hour they weren't close to our box once. We want the best practice - how to get players ready for when the season starts.

"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.

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