Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he is pleased to see his team climb into the top four for the first time this season and wants them to be there come May.
After a tricky start to the campaign which saw United lingering in the bottom half of the table, a combination of good results and rivals continuing to falter has seen the team pull themselves into fourth behind rivals City, Southampton and leaders Chelsea.
United now have two back-to-back home games against Hull City and Stoke in the next few days and a great chance to consolidate their place in the Champions League spots.
With Southampton and Liverpool fixtures looming on the horizon, Van Gaal believes the only important thing is that his team are in the top four come the end of the season.
“We are still fourth so I am happy, but we have to be at least fourth at the end of the season, not now,” said the manager on Friday.
The side’s 2-1 victory at Arsenal last week meant they moved ahead of the Gunners, a reverse result would have seen United fall further behind their rivals and sit four points outside the top four positions.
Whilst United supporters are used to trophies and title challenges at worst, every supporter would be relieved with a return to the Champions League this season and the next two home games give United a chance to win four games in a row for the first time in 2014.