Louis van Gaal has admitted he was frustrated at how Manchester United threw away a lead against West Ham on Tuesday, which has meant their chances of qualifying for the Champions League remain out of their own hands.
A 3-2 loss to the Hammers meant the Red Devils wasted the chance to wrest fourth spot from local rivals Manchester City, which would have made them favourites for a top four finish.
United now need to win against Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Sunday, whilst also hoping City fall at Swansea, with the far superior goal difference of Manuel Pellegrini’s side meaning a draw would be enough for the Blues.
Considering Van Gaal’s men were leading the game at Upton Park, he is understandably frustrated that his players failed to see out a win.
The Dutchman said: “We are dependent on Manchester City, that’s the difference and that’s also frustrating when you had the chance two matches before the end to keep that advantage.
“We were 2-1 ahead with 15 minutes to play and then we gave it away (against West Ham).
“That is frustrating and now we are dependent (on what City do), but still it is possible so we will fight until the end.”
Van Gaal’s position will come under increased scrutiny should United fail in their task of reaching the top four, and the Dutchman has questioned how he could have improved his team to guarantee Champions League football.
“Still, I have to remind you that we can qualify ourselves,” he added.
“Okay, so we are speaking ‘if’ and I don’t like ‘if’ – it has to be facts.
“But I can say what we have to improve still, because I don’t think we have to improve defensive organisation too much because we are doing well.
“We have to score more in our attacking organisation. That is what I have said before this season – that we need creative, fast players in attack.
“We have to change that and that is very important.”