Van Gaal: Fourth still under threat

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May 03, 2015 12:17:00 UK

Manchester United head coach Louis van Gaal has warned that his side remain in a top-four ‘rat race’ after being beaten 1-0 at home by West Bromwich Albion.

The Red Devils missed a chance to stay seven points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool as they were defeated at Old Trafford, with Van Gaal sticking to his earlier claims that the race for the final Champions League spot is far from over.

He told reporters: “I’ve said that until the end it will be a rat race. I was the only one, because we were seven points ahead and I said it was still possible to slip up.

“I’m aware of that, my players are aware of that. We have to keep our confidence and finish our chances.”

United’s final three games of the domestic campaign see them visit Crystal Palace and play host to Arsenal, before heading to the KC Stadium to take on Hull City on the final day of the season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana says his side will fight right to the end to try and overhaul United, as he told the club’s official website after the 2-1 home win over Queens Park Rangers: “We’ve just got to take it one game at a time.

“We’ll go to Chelsea and look to get a positive result down there. It will be difficult, but we’ll go there with confidence hoping to cause an upset. We keep going to the end – that’s the character of the lads.”

Liverpool can be backed at 9.00 to finish in the top four, with United 1.062 and Tottenham Hotspur 101.00.

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