Manchester United's Champions League hopes ruined by Huddersfield draw

    Manchester United was disappointing against Huddersfield

    (CNN)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's arrival at Old Trafford heralded an upturn in Manchester United's fortunes, but over the last month the Norwegian has been unable to sustain the rejuvenation of an ailing club.

    Against an already relegated Huddersfield, United staggered to a 1-1 draw which terminated the hopes of the most successful team in English Premier League history of qualifying for next season's lucrative Champions League.
    Huddersfield, thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool at Anfield in its last league outing, had only won three EPL matches prior to the visit of United, earning just four points from its last 23 fixtures.
      But a breakaway leveler from Isaac Mbenza ensured that the Yorkshire club not only ruined United's chances of competing with Europe's elite next season, but also escaped becoming the first side in English top-flight history to fail to reach double goalscoring figures at home.
      In scoring its 10th league goal of the season at home, Huddersfield secured only its 15th point of the campaign. It was Jonas Lossl's punt downfield, which Luke Shaw failed to deal with, that allowed Mbenza to run clear of United's backpedaling defense and slot home past David de Gea.
      Scott McTominay had put United in front in the first half, but Solskjaer's men never looked convincing.
      The visitors did, however, go close to snatching a late win through substitute Tahith Chong, while Paul Pogba also hit the bar -- but De Gea also needed to be alert to deny Karlan Grant in the final stages at the other end.