Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal insists that his team can still finish second this season, ahead of both Arsenal and Manchester City, as reported by Sky Sports.
The Dutchman’s side have been undeniably poor this campaign, yet still find themselves in fourth place and battling for Champions League football.
Van Gaal is confident they have what it takes to finish second, and claims top four is a must for United.
“The coming matches are very decisive,” he said.
“We are so close to a lot of clubs. We can be second or third. It is not a big difference, I believe.
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“Manchester United have to be one of the teams who have to play in the Champions League.”
With just five points between them and City, it’s obviously possible for them to finish second. It seems extremely unlikely, however, and I’d even say they are more likely to drop out of the top four rather than climb up the table.
We are not going to loosen our grip on third place, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side will obviously be looking to keep the pressure up on Chelsea.
The United boss should really be focusing on retaining fourth spot rather than setting his sights on the positions above, as Liverpool and Tottenham are looking to condemn his side to yet another season without European competition.
As far as I’m concerned we are focused on finishing third, retaining the FA Cup, and perhaps even defying the odds to remain in the Champions League.
Can we beat City to second? Of course we can! But that is not something we should be thinking about, and for the moment we need to carry on taking it one game at a time and continue putting points on the board.