Louis van Gaal admits concern about Man United ‘rat race’

Louis van Gaal warns his Manchester United side that qualification for the Champions League is far from secure

Louis van Gaal has admitted his concern at Manchester United’s recent slump in form after watching his side stutter to their third straight defeat against West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Baggies went ahead midway through the second half when Chris Brunt’s free-kick deflected in off team-mate Jonas Olsson.

The defeat, which followed back-to-back losses to Chelsea and Everton in the top flight, left United fourth in the Premier League table but just four points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool.

And Van Gaal has warned his side that qualification for next season’s Champions League is far from secure as they head into their remaining three games of the current campaign.

“Maybe you’ll remember that in all of my press conferences, I’ve said that until the end, it will be a rat race,” Van Gaal told his post-match news conference on Saturday.

“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 need six points from their remaining three games to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League. The Red Devils face Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Hull City in their remaining fixtures.

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