London : Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has admitted that it is unlikely for his side to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League following the humiliating defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Sunderland 1-2 at Stadium of Light.
The Dutchman said that he had informed his players that it would be really difficult for them to finish in top four, but insisted he still remains hopeful for the same, the Guardian reported.
Reflecting on his side’s performance, the 64-year-old believes that United didn’t manage to deliver their best, adding that they failed to cope up with Sunderland’s aggression.
The manager, however, refused to accept that he was feeling pressure by his side’s constant dip in form and maintained that he was only focusing on doing his job.
Van Gaal said although he was feeling disappointed with United’s performance, he added that he was glad to see unity among his players.
United are currently fifth in standings and are six points behind Manchester City, which have entered the finals of Champions League.
United, which made an early exit from the Champions League, will now lock horns with Arsenal on February 28. (ANI)