Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United will have to win all of their remaining Premier League games to finish in the top four of the table following the 1-0 loss against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Juan Mata was sent off after just 26 minutes at The Hawthorns as Solomon Rondon struck in the second half to win it for West Brom.
The result left Man United sixth in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and speaking about it, van Gaal blamed the fixture pile up for our defeat.
“We played with 10 against 11 and this is the fifth match in 14 days I believe so it is very difficult. I think that’s the reason why we lost this game,” van Gaal said.
“The only chance was the goal so what can I say, it is a pity.”
When asked how many points United need to finish in the top four, van Gaal replied: “27 points.”
If United want to qualify for the Champions League, they cannot be losing games like the one on Sunday.
United have lost to teams such as Sunderland, Norwich City, Bournemouth and Stoke City in recent weeks and their inability to get results against lesser teams feels like it will be their undoing. The fact is that United have not been good enough at any point of this campaign.