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Angel di Maria ready to fight for Champions League places

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Although Angel di Maria didn't feature in United's impressive 3-0 victory over Spurs last weekend, he has insisted that the next four games could make or break United's season but that the Red Devils are determined to fight till the very end to secure a place in next season's Champions League, reports the Daily Mail.

Indeed, if United are to re-integrate Europe's elite competition, they will be sure to need a fighting spirit as they first face a tricky trip to Anfield on Sunday which, provided they win, would open up a five point lead over their rivals. 

Speaking to United Review ahead of the decisive Liverpool clash, Di Maria revealed: "We are all aware that a number of big games are just around the corner, and the season will be decided by these fixtures."

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"We know all about these upcoming games and we have been thinking and talking about them for quite some time now. We've known that everything would be at stake over this final period of the season."

We won't give up 

Despite their largely underwhelming performances this season, the Red Devils will have taken heart from their impressive victory over Spurs and head to Anfield with the mouth-watering prospect of leaving arch rivals Liverpool far behind in the "rat race" for the top four.

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The Argentine forward believes that the squad have both the belief and desire required to achieve Van Gaal's priority this season, telling United Review: "Everyone at the club is 100 per cent confident, we know we want to get back into the Champions League and that we want to be fighting it out. We'll battle hard right to the end of the season.

"From what I know of the club, United always fight right to the end and that's what we're going to do." 

Anfield clash 

The Red Devils will definitely have a point to prove when they visit bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has set the ball rolling ahead of the clash by claiming that he believes his side will finish above Manchester United, with the Red Devils subsequently missing out on that all-important top four finish and a place in next season's Champions League.

Responding to a Q&A session, the midfielder said that confidence in the Liverpool dressing room was high and would contribute to their success in achieving Champions league qualification. 

However, judging by Di Maria's recent claims, it seems that the battle for a top-four finish has only just begun... 

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