Solskjaer all-but concedes defeat in top-four race after Man Utd throw away win against ChelseaApril 29, 2019
MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer virtually conceded defeat in the race for the Champions League.
Top-four rivals Chelsea grabbed a point thanks to Marcos Alonso’s leveller.
It leaves United three points behind fourth-placed Blues with two games to go — and they have an inferior goal difference.
Solskjaer said: “You look at the league table and it is going to be difficult. We have just got to make sure we win our next two games.
“You never know because points are being dropped left, right and centre in this race.
“There are difficult games for all of us and we cannot do more than focus on our performance.”
Maurizio Sarri was left bemoaning a late chance missed by Gonzalo Higuain that could have decided things in injury time.
The Chelsea boss said: “If I look at the last ten minutes when we have a lot of opportunities and the most important goal opportunity of the second half, I am not happy.
“But to play here I think it’s very difficult for us and every team.
“They played very well in the first 25 minutes and we were in trouble.
“The draw is not so important for us, because with 1-1 here we have to win the last two matches otherwise we are at risk with the goal difference.”
And Sarri paid tribute to Eden Hazard for his attitude — despite the uncertainty over his future.
Hazard has a year left on his deal and cannot agree a new contract with Real Madrid ready to pay £100million for him.
When asked about Hazard’s situation, Sarri said: “I don’t know, you must ask the club. The problem is the new contract.
“He will go into the last season of the contract next season — so I don’t know at the moment.
“But for me it is not so important, I am really happy with Eden because he is playing very well, he fights on the pitch. I want to respect his decision.”
Hazard was instrumental in helping Chelsea fightback after Juan Mata’s 11th-minute opener.
And Hazard said: “Chelsea has to play in the Champions League every year, it’s one of world’s biggest clubs.
“I also want to play in the Champions League, and we will.”
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