Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United were architects of our own downfall

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United would have moved up to third in the Premier League with a victory but they played poorly and suffered a damaging defeat, just as they did at Molineux in the FA Cup on March 16.

"We need 15 points in the last six games so we don't have room for any more losses", he said, assessing United's chances of a top-four finish before their next Premier League game at home to West Ham United on April 13.

Scott McTominay's first United goal put the visitors ahead but Fred's mistake allowed Diogo Jota to level in the first half and Ashley Young was sent off mid-way through the second half for two bookings in five minutes.

"But once you get yourself in a situation where your top players are thinking about going elsewhere because they see more attractive clubs wanting to sign them, better financial terms available elsewhere, which is the case with De Gea and would be the case with Pogba, and you as a club are struggling to even play Champions League, never mind compete for a domestic title, it becomes tough to convince these players to stay".

"Scott has never ever let us down and he never disappoints when he plays", Solskjaer told reporters at his press conference.

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In the second game since Solskjaer was appointed as permanent manager, United were poor at the back and showed little going forward, as Chris Smalling's own goal sealed their fate after Diogo Jota's equaliser. "We had great chances and some fantastic saves from the keeper", Solskjaer said to Sky Sports.

"We're in the reality stakes now".

"So that's potentially two big midfield replacements would be required if you were to lose both of them, which would be disastrous I think given the state of Manchester United's squad as it stands".

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo picked his strongest side despite their Wembley trip and insisted he did not consider resting players.

"The preparation for the next game starts tomorrow". "And tonight was another very, very fine performance by Scotty". There was the game, there was a game plan, we take the decisions and the options and we prepare for the next one. "I was very, very pleased with him", he said.

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