United's Champions League hopes end with draw v Huddersfield

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It was not simply the fact that, yet again, so many big name United stars coasted through a performance that had the club's unofficial "conscience" Gary Neville launching into yet another rant in his role as TV pundit.

Needing six points from their last two games, and results to go their way, United were always facing a tough task to qualify for next season's Champions League.

Solskjaer said afterward that his team "had not been good enough". "The players were running and trying".

"We could have, should have, played better. It's not come as a surprise but we hoped to show a better performance today".

"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.

"But it's been a exhausted team towards the end, I have to say".

"We knew we were going to be on the front foot and we said about getting the early goal and quietening down this place".

"It's about making sure that the ones here get the maximum out of their potential, because we do have so many good players here, and that's my job, to work with them".

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As has been routine in previous matches, United started well and took the lead, but soon lost their spark and Huddersfield grew into the match before scoring a deserved equaliser.

Solskjaer was, perhaps, being diplomatic in his analysis of his players - a quality which Neville was in no mood to share with his former teammate during his commentary. "Watch this Huddersfield team, they haven't got the quality, but I like watching them a lot more than watching the ones in the red shirts to be honest with you", Neville said.

"It's just how they will do in this 25 minutes. There can be no other explanation".

United have not won the Premier League since Alex Ferguson's final campaign in 2012-13 as the Manchester club languish in sixth position this term, 29 points adrift of leaders Liverpool heading into their remaining two matches.

After Juan Mata worked his way upfield and the ball broke kindly for Scott McTominay, the young midfielder's shot from just inside the area passed directly through Lossl who failed to get his hands to the ball.

But United failed to push on in the second half and they were pegged back on the hour as Lossl launched the ball forward, Shaw failed to cut it out and Mbenza slotted it through the legs of De Gea. The goal stung even more as Mbenza coolly finished between De Gea's legs.

For a Huddersfield side bidding an emotional farewell to the Premier League and outgoing chairman Dean Hoyle, it was an exhilarating turn of events.