Matteo Darmian believes Manchester United’s season will go down as a failure unless they finish in the top four of the Premier League.
Man United suffered early exits in the Champions League and Capital One Cup earlier this term while their league form has been largely disappointing.
However, a 1-0 win over City last month meant Louis van Gaal’s side kept themselves in the hunt for Champions League qualification and they take on West Ham United in the FA Cup quarter-finals next week. Darmian urged his teammates to make a success of their campaign.
“It’s normal that when you play for Manchester United there is a lot of pressure, but we know that and we try to do our best,” Darmian said.
“I think Manchester United is the biggest club in the world so there is a lot of pressure. They expect that we win all the games. Now we want to be in the top four at the end of the season.
“Yes of course [top four is minimum requirement]. We want to be in the top four at the end of the season and the club works for this. If we work hard we have a big chance. We won the last two games so we want to continue on this way.”
United cannot afford to drop any more points if they want to finish in the top four but a clash against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend looks like a tough test.
Not securing Champions League football would be disastrous and Louis van Gaal would surely leave if that was to happen.