Manchester United Champions League dreams end after Issac Mbenza’s net in his first ever Premier League goal.
This was pauper’s football from Solskjaer’s United team. Devoid of imagination, tempo, rhythm, and ideas. Solksjaer’s United – the one that started so vividly under him back in winter – has been steadily regressing for weeks and here was the inevitable conclusion, a failure to beat one of the worst teams ever to play Premier League football and failure to qualify for the Champions League at a time when each of their competitors from Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea have seemingly been doing their very best to help them out.
United have taken eight points from their last eight Premier League games. A point a game over the course of a season would get you 38.
Scott McTominay struck early in the piece, firing a left-footed shot across the goal which Jonas Lossl should have dealt with easily but somehow managed to allow the ball to escape between his knees and into the back of the net.
For much of the first half United looked largely in control without ever seeming likely to pull away with a second goal or more.
but it wasn’t long after that Huddersfield got an equalizer.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville wasn’t about to let them off that easily.
“This is Huddersfield Town who have struggled all season. 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,” said the legendary former United defender.
“At least you can identify with them. There’s nothing I like about this United team at all, it’s just awful.
“As a manager, you want to like your team. I look at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, I can’t imagine he’s down there thinking he likes watching this lot – I don’t.