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Man United ‘in the race’ for top-four, claims Van Gaal

first_imgLouis van Gaal insists Manchester United are back in the race for a top-four finish to the Premier League season.The Dutchman has struggled in the early stages of his Old Trafford tenure and admitted we was feeling “lousy” ahead of Saturday’s home meeting with Crystal Palace.But the Red Devils are now just two points outside the Champions League places following a 1-0 victory over a stubborn Eagles side, with second-half substitute Juan Mata bailing out another unconvincing United performance with a goal within minutes of his introduction.And Van Gaal believes a top-four spot is now in their hands.“I am happy with the three points,” said the Dutchman.“We stay in the race to end the season in the places we’re aiming for, so that’s very important.”While satisfied with the result, there was a slight hint of frustration about Van Gaal’s persona post-match, with the United boss unhappy his men did not score more goals against a solid and packed Palace defence“They came to defend and that is always very difficult to play as a team against,” he added.“We had a lot of time on the ball, we created possibilities, not big chances, but possibilities.“We could have scored in the first half but I said at half-time, ‘Okay, we played better than the matches before because we kept the pace before and the opponents will tire and there will come a moment we will score’.“It was Juan Mata [who did] and after that goal I think we created more big chances because then they had to come forward, only we have to finish these chances because they were big chances.“But I said several times when we are ahead in a game we have to kill the game and we did. So I’m happy, we have three points and we are two points behind fourth place so it is in our hands and that’s important.”last_img read more

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