Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that his side must come back next season with a “different attitude and different mentality” following their defeat to Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.
United put in another poor display as they fell to the already relegated Cardiff City side by 0-2 at Old Trafford thanks to a brace from Nathaniel Mendez – Laing as they finished the campaign without a win in five games.
The defeat meant that Solskjaer’s side finished sixth in the table and five points off the Champions League spots as a difficult season finally comes to an end.
Speaking following the defeat, Solskjaer outlined that his side were “not good enough” against Cardiff and explained that they are a long way off the top two at the moment.
“Today was not the problem, you can have all the possession and chances you want but we concede easy goals and not score at the other. That is not where our challenge lies, we have a long and hard way to be where we want to be.
“It will take some time to close in on the top, we finished five or six points behind third, fourth, fifth and that has to be our aim. The top two teams have set a standard higher than before and we have to take up the next challenge.
“The work starts now, everyone has the summer off but we have to come back with a different mentality and different attitude of being a Man United team.
“The ones who played, did well but it was not good enough.”
One bright spark for United, however, was the performance of 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood who became the club’s youngest ever Premier League player as he was handed his first start.
Greenwood was one of the few who impressed at Old Trafford and Solskjaer was full of praise for the academy graduate following the game.
“Mason Greenwood was brilliant, he was our best player by a mile and that says a lot about the kid. He came into the team with a lack of confidence and you can see that has take a total. Not surprised by his performance, we know he is capable of that.”