LVG aware of derby importance

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his side has to win the Manchester derby to keep their top-four hopes alive.

Man United: LVG aware of derby importanceMan United: LVG aware of derby importance

United make the short trip to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday and Van Gaal feels they have to take all three points if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Manchester City are currently in fourth spot and they hold a four-point lead over the Old Trafford outfit, meaning a loss for United this weekend would leave them seven points behind their rivals.

He told reporters: “We are now four points behind City, I think, so you have to win. Otherwise the gap is bigger and bigger and the matches that you have to play are not so big.

“If we lose, I think then it is seven points and we have to play another eight matches. Then it is very sharp to recover from that gap. It is still possible, but I think it’s difficult then because West Ham is also in front, so it is not only City but West Ham United.”

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