Solskjaer seeks Champions League solace after Wolves setback

Solskjaer seeks Champions League solace after Wolves setback

Javier Howell
April 4, 2019

"We need 15 points in the last six games so we don't have room for any more losses", he said, assessing United's chances of a top-four finish before their next Premier League game at home to West Ham United on April 13.

United are battling Totttenham, Chelsea and Arsenal for two places in next season's Champions League.

But Diogo Jota levelled after Fred gave away possession and United captain Ashley Young was sent off after being booked twice for fouls on the Wolves striker to become the 100th dismissal of Mike Dean's Premier League career.

A run of three defeats in four games in all competitions has seen United lose ground at a crucial time of the season but Solskjaer was still satisfied with the way his side performed.

In the second game since Solskjaer was appointed as permanent manager, United were poor at the back and showed little going forward, as Chris Smalling's own goal sealed their fate after Diogo Jota's equaliser. We can control what we do on the pitch, performance wise, and we have played well enough tonight, creating chances to win the game. We created chances, even with ten men and we have made some bad decisions to concede a goal.

"I think we played some fantastic stuff, first 20 minutes we should have been two or three up and I'm not exaggerating".

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United, though, should have been 3-0 up inside 16 minutes as Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard missed glorious chances either side of McTominay scoring his first goal for the club.

Solskjaer was also forgiving of England global Ashley Young, who was sent off in the second half for a reckless tackle on striker Jota.

Solskjaer added: "When you're on a yellow you're always in danger if you go down, it's a yellow card".

The Scotsman put in an energetic shift that Solskjaer must've been pleased with despite the result.

"The preparation starts now for the semi-final - we will rest and prepare for a hard game". If there's one thing I can complain about it is being more clinical.