Speaking after the 1-1 draw with relegated Huddersfield on Sunday, Solskjaer admitted that the team blew its chances to make the Premier League top four this season.
“We gave ourselves a chance to be in the Champions League, had so many opportunities to be third or fourth, but weren’t able to do it,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
“Maybe it’s the right place to be for us, the Europa League next year.
“If City don’t win FA Cup we’ll have an early and bright start for EL qualifiers and that’ll make it more diff.
“We’ve been inconsistent throughout this season, good periods and very bad periods, and it’s just caught up with us. It’s a fair reflection, being sixth.
“It’s been a tired team towards the end of the season. When you get bad results you lose energy and start worrying and that’s caught up with us.
“It’s not what we want, but then again you can use the Europa League as something positive, as Chelsea and Arsenal have done and as we did a couple of years ago.”