Manchester United star De Gea desperate to play in Europa League

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David de Gea says it is Manchester United's duty to try to win all of their remaining games and qualify for the Europa League.

The Red Devils have had a season to forget under new manager David Moyes, who was hand-picked by the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson to replace him.

Although winning the Premier League last season, Manchester United are set to fall out of the top four for the first time in Premier League history. They never finished lower than third under Ferguson.

That means that Old Trafford will be without Champions League football for the first time since it was revamped 18 years ago.

However, Manchester United can still qualify for Europe's second tier competition, the Europa League, if they can leapfrog Tottenham into sixth and De Gea says his team mates have a duty to try their best to qualify for the competition.

De Gea told the Daily Mail: "There are still plenty of important games to play.

"We are Manchester United and it’s our duty to win every game we take part in.

"That’s what we’ll try to do now because we want to finish as high as we can in the league, ensure we’re playing in a European competition next season and show we are still around and that we will never give in."

Many fans have called on Manchester United to purposely fail to qualify for the Europa League knowing the extra games may hamper their attempts to get back into the top four next season.

They currently lie three points behind Tottenham in seventh but have a game in hand a far-superior goal difference.

Seventh may be good enough for Manchester United, however, so long as Hull City beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May.

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