Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has admitted that his side has underachieved this season.
Inconsistent form means the red devils are fighting to gain a place in the top four of the Premier League, and van Gaal knows that if he fails to achieve that then he may well be shown the Old Trafford exit door.
Speaking after United’s disappointing exit from the Europa League against Liverpool in midweek, van Gaal focused on particular circumstances which have led to United’s troubles this term.
The Dutchman said: “You have to analyse the circumstances, how I have to work, I am never feeling that I am under pressure. I do what I have to do.”
Van Gaal has eluded to United’s injury hit squad which has seen several key players miss out on numerous occasions for the red devils this season, leaving the Dutchman forced to bring academy players into the team.
Ahead of United’s crunch match against neighbours Manchester City this weekend LVG spoke on the red devils pursuit of the top four, he said: “We are now four points behind (City) so you have to win, otherwise the gap is bigger and bigger the matches that you have to play are not too many.”
Van Gaal is confident that his side can snatch a Champions League sport by the end of the season and has called on his players to produce a strong finish to the season and silence the United critics.
“We have to play another eight matches, so then it is very quick to recover that gap (4 points.)
The United boss also reminded that West Ham United, who are one place above the reds in the table, have Europe’s primary competition within their grasp.
LVG said: “It is difficult because West Ham are also infront, not only City.”
A victory for United against their local rivals this weekend will give LVG’s side a huge boost as they go into the remainder of the season looking to finish as strong as possible, not to forget an FA Cup quarter-final replay against West Ham, which if they win, will face Everton in the semi-final at Wembley stadium.