Man United top 4 hopes dented

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Lon­don: Manch­ester United man­ager Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer says his play­ers ‘will put it right’ af­ter they missed a chance to climb into the Pre­mier League’s top four by con­ced­ing an in­jury-time equaliser against Southamp­ton yes­ter­day.

United led 2-1 for 73 min­utes be­fore sub­sti­tute Michael Obafemi scored in the 96th minute, bundling in a set-piece at the back post af­ter it had been flicked on by Jan Bednarek. Stu­art Arm­strong had given Southamp­ton a 12thminute lead, but An­thony Mar­tial set up Mar­cus Rash­ford to equalise be­fore fir­ing a su­perb sec­ond goal for United.

Sol­sk­jaer’s side were on course to leapfrog top-four ri­vals Chelsea and Le­ices­ter - who both suf­fered de­feats over the week­end - and move up to third but they re­main fifth with three games left in the chase for Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“The men­tal­ity has been bril­liant. We have had a few set­backs this sea­son. This is an­other chal­lenge for us,” said Sol­sk­jaer.

“I am very con­fi­dent in [the play­ers’] men­tal­ity. I’m dis­ap­pointed of course, but you have to take the dis­ap­point­ments as well as the pos­i­tives. We have learned a hard les­son. We will put it right. I trust the boys in that re­spect.” Southamp­ton host Brighton in their next Pre­mier League match on to­mor­row, while Manch­ester United play at Crys­tal Palace at the same time.

Ole Sol­sk­jaer.

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