Manchester United can still make top four, insists Van Gaal

Date published: Wednesday 11th May 2016 8:15

Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal insists Manchester United can still qualify for the Champions League despite their 3-2 loss at West Ham handing the advantage back to Manchester City.

Two Anthony Martial goals saw United recover from 1-0 down, and at that stage the Red Devils would have leapfrogged City into fourth place.

However, the Hammers scored twice in the space of four minutes to leave Van Gaal’s men relying on City to lose at Swansea on Sunday.

“No it (a top-four finish) is still not gone,” the Dutchman said.

“In the last match of the season we can pass over Manchester City, they can lose and we can win – then we are fourth, you can count I think? I don’t think it is not likely, in this league it happens a lot and Swansea City has a very good run.

“We have to beat Bournemouth and that is tough. We have less points than last year and last year we were qualified two matches before the end and now we are still fighting on the last day. It is less but still we can finish as fourth, we have to think only of that.

“It is a mental blow for the players but against Bournemouth we have to give everything so that we don’t give Manchester City a free trip into the Champions League.”

Meanwhile, Van Gaal also refused to blame the pre-match attack on the United team bus for his side’s defeat.

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