Jesse Lingard believes Manchester United are capable of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.
Man United have been poor for the majority of the campaign but they kept themselves in the hunt for Champions League qualification with a 1-0 win over Manchester City last month.
Louis van Gaal’s side are now fifth in the league table, one point behind fourth-placed City. Lingard backed United to sneak into fourth spot.
When asked about the City game, he said: “Of course, we needed that win.
“Derby day is always massive anyway, most of all for the fans and it was a great day for the United supporters. We do it for them and obviously for ourselves. If we hadn’t won that game, it would have been pretty much over. But we’re still there and still in sight of the top four. Everyone wants to play in the Champions League every season. I still hope we can do it and I think we can.”
United have done little this season to suggest that they are capable of securing Champions League football but they have somehow kept themselves within touching distance.
Van Gaal has enjoyed an excellent record over the top sides this term but better results against the so-called ‘minnows’ of the league may be the difference in whether United reach fourth spot.