'We will put it right'

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 15 Jul 2020

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United "will put it right" after conceding a late goal against Southampton to dent their hopes of reaching next season's Champions League.

United were on course for a fifth successive English Premier League victory after bouncing back from Stuart Armstrong's early opener through strikes from Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

But just as third place beckoned for Solskjaer's men Saints substitute Michael Obafemi struck in stoppage time to seal a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

Just hours earlier the Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Manchester City's two-season European ban would be lifted, meaning only the top four teams will qualify for next season's Champions league.

United's next two games are against Crystal Palace and West Ham before a potential last-day shootout against Leicester, who are currently in fourth place, ahead of Solskjaer's men on goal difference.

"The mentality of the boys has been brilliant," the United manager said. "We've had a few setbacks over the season and this is another challenge for us.

"I am very confident in their mentality. Very disappointed, of course, but we have to take the disappointments as well as the positives when you win games.

"We've learned a hard lesson hopefully, so we'll make it right, we'll put it right. I trust the boys in that respect."

United need to quickly dust themselves down, with a trip to Palace coming up on Friday (HK time) before Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

Left-back Luke Shaw is a doubt for those games with an ankle complaint, while United ended the match with 10 men after his replacement Brandon Williams was hurt in a clash of heads.

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