Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said lack of quality final ball was their greatest undoing in Sunday's goalless draw away at Leeds United.
The Reds could have slashed neighbours Man City's lead at the top of the English Premier League table to eight points, but could not find a way past a disciplined Leeds side in a rare scoreless result.
Speaking after the game, Solskjaer, who had almost his entire squad fully fit pointed out the few issues that cost them the points.
“There are no guarantees in football, that’s for sure! I thought we played well. I thought we played really well, especially second half. I thought we dominated. We didn’t really give any chances away, we just didn’t have the ball fall correctly for us [in the] second half, in the big moments we had,"
"We had some decent chances but unfortunately we couldn’t take them. I thought up until the last 18 metres or yards [we were excellent]. That’s where it stopped; the quality or the decision-making let us down just in that last moment,"
"The game was played in their half in the second half. Then it is hard to get the big openings. I thought we had a good chance with Bruno and Dan had a couple of decent opportunities,"
"Apart from that, we spoke about it before the game that there would be blocks and blocks and blocks because they are good at following their men. They did well at their defending,"
Solskjaer was however proud of his team's performance and was keen to note the results won't in any way affect their season.
“Of course you’re disappointed that we don’t get the three points, but I think the boys know they put a shift down. We really have a lot of respect for the way Leeds play, and we know the results that they’ve had lately. So this is not something we’re going to look back on as derailing our season. Definitely not.”
Man United will next play AS Roma in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday night.