Football

Louis van Gaal's Manchester United are four points behind local rivals Manchester City.

Louis van Gaal accepts derby defeat would likely end United's top-four hopes

Published 1 Comments

Football News
24/7

Article continues below

Article continues below

Louis van Gaal admits Manchester United's disappointing Barclays Premier League campaign could reach a crescendo in this weekend's derby against City - not that the Dutchman is feeling any pressure.

Fresh from being knocked out of the Europa League by bitter rivals Liverpool, the inconsistent Red Devils make the short journey to the Etihad Stadium for a mouth-watering encounter.

Manuel Pellegrini's men currently reside in the final Champions League spot and boast a four-point cushion over sixth-placed United with just nine matches remaining.

They are circumstances that have not stressed under-fire Van Gaal, though, albeit he concedes defeat on Sunday would likely end his team's top-four aspirations.

"We are now four points behind so you have to win otherwise the gap is bigger and bigger and the (number of) matches you have to play are not so big," the United boss said.

"I think with a gap of seven points and with eight matches then it is very (hard) to recover from that gap.

"It is still possible but it is difficult because West Ham are also in front, not only City. I am never feeling I am under pressure. I do what I have to do."

West Ham lie between the Manchester sides and stand in United's way in the FA Cup, with the teams set to do battle in a quarter-final replay after the international break.

Potential cup success and a shot at Champions League qualification is keeping this difficult campaign ticking over, but defeat on Sunday would see questions about Van Gaal's future increase.

Jose Mourinho's continued unemployment leaves a shadow over the Dutchman, despite a year remaining on his three-year contract.

"I don't discuss that with you," Van Gaal said of his future. "Every day, when we are losing or out of Euro League, you put the questions but why?

"I have a three-year contract and the process is three years.

"For four months now you have been writing I shall be sacked. I have read that four months already. You think that is logical, normal?

"Expectations can be too high. Our purpose was to reach the top three because we want to do better than last year.

"But then you have to analyse the circumstances, how I have to work. I don't repeat myself any more. You are repeating putting the same questions when I am losing or out of the Euro League."

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Premier League
Football

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again