Europa League spot is 'right place' for Man United - Solskjaer

HUDDERSFIELD, England -- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted some his squad have made their last appearance for Manchester United while insisting the Europa League is the "right place" for his team after a 1-1 draw at Huddersfield ended any hope of a top four finish.

The result at the John Smith's Stadium means United will not play in the Champions League next season and could even have a Europa League second qualifying round first leg on July 25 if they finish sixth and Watford beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

"There is the chance you have seen the last of players but I wouldn't say that about any individual," Solskjaer, who is set to embark on an overhaul of his squad in the summer.

"We gave ourselves a chance to be in the Champions League, something we didn't think was possible.

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"We had so many opportunities to grab third or fourth. We didn't and it is probably the right place for us to be next year, the Europa League."

United are scheduled to play a preseason friendly against Tottenham in Shanghai on July 25 but there remains a possibility their Europa League campaign could now start on the same date. It would complicate Solskjaer's summer plans and the Norwegian admitted he will cheering on City at Wembley if they finish sixth.

"It is not what we want," said Solskjaer. "Let's see what happens next week and with Arsenal and in the final with City. That is the reality. The kids will get chances to play games."

United started well against Huddersfield and took an early lead through Scott McTominay.

Isaac Mbenza scored the equaliser in the second half to earn a deserve point for Huddersfield, who began the game having lost 22 of their last 24 games in all competitions.

"Effort and attitude was not the problem," said Solskjaer. "The players were running and trying. We just weren't good enough.

"That is the problem. We could have, should have, played better.

"In the first half an hour they weren't close to our box once. Today we had good periods and very bad periods. It has just caught up with us. It is a fair reflection, being sixth."