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Solskjaer reveals what could Man Utd a UCL spot

Solskjaer reveals the one problem that could cost Man Utd Champions League qualification

November 2, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Norwegian manager's men suffered another disappointing defeat in the weekend's Premier League encounter.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that the 'lack of quality' in his Manchester United side could eventually cost them Champions League qualification at the end of the season. The Norwegian manager's side's struggles in the Premier League continued with an underwhelming performance at Bournemouth on Saturday ending in a 1-0 defeat.

In a game where the number of chances created by Manchester United were minimal, former academy star Josh King's strike on half-time stole the maximum points for the Cherries at the Vitality. The Red Devils, who came into the fixture with a cup win over Chelsea, were subsequently demoted from the seventh position to 10th place with just 13 points from a possible 33.

The game's outcome also saw the Old Trafford outfit record its lowest haul of points from 11 Premier League games since the 1986-1987 season where it managed just 11 points. At the moment, the side is seven points adrift Top 4 and according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, an improvement from his players is of the essence with the grip on European football rapidly loosening.

"It's a test of character when you come down to places like this; 1-0 down, half-time. I thought the response second half, at least we went for it,' he said. 

"We didn't stop trying but it was the lack of quality that couldn't give us the point or three.

"We need a response because games like this you need to win if you want to challenge for the top four and today we're disappointed. 'But I don't think it's the effort or the want to do well. 

"For us we've had a good period going into this game, now we've got to react to a defeat and I am sure we will.' 'I think as a whole team we started well but we were lacking a bit of end product and the quality at the end,' Solskjaer added. 

"I thought the front four looked promising but just flattered to deceive a little bit today. It looked like we could create chances but we just didn't have the last pass or the last finish and that's something we need to improve on."


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