Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits United were not good enough against Huddersfield

Raheem Sterling of Manchester City controls the ball against Tottenham Hotspur on 20 April 2019

Manchester United's hopes of a Premier League top-four finish were ended after they were held to a 1-1 draw by bottom side Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday.

Solskjaer believes Watford, Everton and Leicester are among the teams with genuine ambitions to overtake United and climb into the top six over the next 12 months.

It was a scathing comment that underlines the task that Solskjaer faces ahead of an unwanted return to the Europa League next term.

Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December and oversaw an initial upturn in form, but a second slump leaves United in sixth place with one game remaining.

Indeed his more pressing concern is to ensure the Old Trafford club, who headed into the penultimate round of league fixtures, a huge 27 points adrift of leaders and reigning champions Manchester City, do not fall further behind.

"It is not realistic", he said.

"We haven't deserved to be top four, we've chased the pack and been given chances, the league is so tight".

"And if (Manchester) City don't win the FA Cup we'll have a very early and bright start (in the) qualifiers for the Europa League and that just might make it even more hard".

"As a manager, you want to like your team", Neville said on Sky Sports. "We have to make something positive out of it".

"But we've been inconsistent throughout this season ... good periods and very bad periods and it's just caught up with us and it is a fair reflection being sixth". "It is tough to change a playing idea during such a season".

The club must also decide what to do with under-performing players such as Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku.

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.

"Ordinarily at this point in time you would say this is a real test for these Manchester United players, we will find out about them, but we already know". It's about making sure the ones here get the maximum out of their potential, because we do have so many good players here, and that's my job.

"At the moment, I'm responsible for the performances".

Solskjaer said his players were not letting him down, but were "a exhausted team", while he refused to be despondent.

"I'm an optimist by nature and you make the most of it". It's a basic principle I've got. "We're going to build on their fitness". He branded the Europa League "the right place" for United and has already questioned whether they can get anywhere near Manchester City and Liverpool next season.

"This is Huddersfield Town who have struggled all season".

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