With Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat to Bournemouth last Saturday afternoon in the early Premier League kickoff, the battle for the top four in 2018/19 was temporarily blown wide open again and Manchester United were potentially back in the mix.
That was until they took to the pitch in Sunday afternoon’s fixture and despite dominating the game, they couldn’t convert their chances to blow the late top four shot they had been given, the captain Ashely Young said to The Guardian he feels it was a huge failure, taking only a point from already relegated Huddersfield Town.
It certainly wouldn’t have been what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was hoping for as the season comes to a close, but he can fall back on the slightly less lucrative Europa League campaign as that is now confirmed.
It’s not the ideal outcome as the club look to rebuild over the summer and certainly the additional revenue from the Champions League would’ve been useful on that front, but it’s still an opportunity for European football full stop and the fans will naturally continue to enjoy those adventures.
The Europa League still offers Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and the club an additional opportunity for real success next season, and depending on how the rebuild goes, it could provide a better way for the group to gel together as we miss the bigger boys in the game, but that carries its own risk as well in terms of being an attractive proposition for potential new players – but Manchester United are in a league of their own on that front anyway.
With the 2018/19 season almost over, the odds of securing a top five spot this year is still an option according to AmazingBet. It would also be a big confidence boost for Ole as he brings his first (not full) season to a close at Old Trafford as everyone knows it’s going to be a summer of big decisions for the Norwegian. Those thoughts will only come into play following Sunday’s curtain closer against Cardiff City at Old Trafford – will United end with a win or will the curse of an already relegated side cause more upset?