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Louis van Gaal: Top four finish almost a certainty for Manchester United


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes his team are almost certain to secure a top four finish this season.

With Southampton and Liverpool both dropping points against Everton and Arsenal respectively, the Red Devils have opened an eight point lead from fifth-placed Liverpool.

And the Dutchman says his side's objective is now to finish second.

"I think we could have played better today but I knew in advance that it would be very difficult, that they would organise their defence and play very defensively," van Gaal told MUTV.

"I am very pleased that we scored three goals because that's not so easy against this defensive organisation.

"But as a manager you always want more, that we play with a higher ball tempo, but okay, I am very happy with the victory.

"After Wayne's fantastic goal, the concentration went again. You saw that – at the kick-off we didn't have pressure on the ball and then you know what can happen.

"We also know that Benteke is very dangerous in front of the goal because he can head and shoot, and he also scored against us in the away match. It was a stupid goal against us.

"I have heard that Southampton lost, Liverpool lost and now we have to wait for Tottenham Hotspur. But we already have a big gap.

"We can look up in the table. The next match is for the second position or the third, I think."

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