Louis van Gaal: Top four is still possible

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal hasn’t given up hope of Manchester United finishing in the top four this season even if he doesn’t think it will happen.

Prior to the final ever game at Upton Park, Man United’s team bus was attacked by home fans. On the pitch, United went 2-1 up thanks to Anthony Martial’s brace but goals from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid meant West Ham secured the win.

The result means that United are now relying on Swansea City to beat Manchester City on the final day if they are to stand a chance of securing Champions League qualification. Van Gaal refused to blame the result on the pre-match drama.

“It is very disappointing because we were ahead. We gave it away because of the set plays,” he said.

“As a manager you are never satisfied but when you are 2-1 ahead after 70 minutes then you have to make the pitch bigger and keep the ball better.”

On the bus, he added: ”As a professional we live in this world. We know it can happen so we have to cope with that. Twenty minutes from the end we were 2-1 ahead so i don’t think that was an influence.”

When asked about United’s top four chances, van Gaal replied: ”I think it is still possible but it is not in our own hands and that is the difference.”

United threw away their lead in meek fashion against West Ham but the whole game stank of mediocrity within the away side’s ranks.

Van Gaal has to take the blame for what has been a disastrous season: the majority of his signings have failed and he has zapped the confidence from his players. Keeping him on for another season would be disastrous when it comes to United’s long-term future.

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