But the Manchester City boss wants to secure his legacy at the club he leaves behind – and is not thinking about his replacement Pep Guardiola.
Pellegrini is turning a deaf ear to stories about whether Guardiola will start his new job without a place in Europe’s elite competition.
Frankly, he only has City at heart and is determined to win that Champions League fourth-spot prize in his swansong at Swansea where a point will be good enough to freeze United out of the big one for another season.
And finishing ahead of the old enemy for the third time in his City reign will see Pellegrini riding into the sunset a happy man.
Pellegrini said: “It is important for me to leave this club in the Champions League. Not for the next manager. It’s important for me to finish my work in our best way.
“If you read the media it’s, ‘Guardiola will not play the Champions League’. It’s not, ‘Manchester City will not play’. It’s Guardiola.
“I think that’s a mistake. It’s Manchester City. I’m proud about my work to leave Manchester City is important for me to leave this club in the Champions League. Not for the next managerity in the spot they deserve – to play in the Champions League next year.