Man United top 4 hopes dented
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.