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Louis van Gaal still believes Manchester United can qualify for next season's Champions League


Manchester United can still qualify for next season's Champions League but Manchester City are in pole position for fourth place, manager Louis van Gaal has admitted.

The Red Devils failed to leapfrog their rivals after losing 3-2 against West Ham United on Tuesday night.

They need Swansea City to beat the Citizens on Sunday if they are to participate in Europe's most prestigious competition next campaign.

"I think the disappointment is because we were 2-1 ahead," van Gaal explained.

"We changed the match in our favour, in a fantastic way. Then you lose because of the set-plays. I said before the match that we would try to organise everything but still we missed by centimetres.

"We had a lot of set-play goals against us and that is disappointing because it had a big consequence. You lose a game you have to win.

"Still in the last match of the season we can pass over Manchester City.

"They can lose and we can win - then we are fourth. In this league it happens a lot [surprise results] and Swansea City are on a very good run. But we have to beat Bournemouth and that's also tough.

"We have fought the whole season for a qualification position for the Champions League. And still we are fighting until the end. On the last day we can finish fourth. It's still possible... only now we are depending on City.

"Before this game we had it in our own hands, so that's the difference. Every defeat is disappointing. Tonight is a mental blow but against Bournemouth we have to give everything so we don't give Manchester City a free trip into the Champions League."

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