Louis van Gaal demands wins in all of Manchester United’s remaining Premier League games
"We need 27 points. It is a lot, but it is always possible"
March 7th, 2016
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has acknowledged that his side need to win their last nine Premier League games should they wish to appear in next season’s Champions League.
Van Gaal’s men looked to have turned a corner with a decent run of form which saw them manage four back-to-back wins across all competitions, however any hopes they had of moving up the table were dashed at the weekend when they were defeated 1-0 at the Hawthorns.
Juan Mata was sent off in the first half after receiving two bookings and Salomon Rondon made sure of the points for West Brom by banging in the only goal of the game in the 79th minute.
This defeat leaves Manchester United three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, the latter enjoying a game in hand.
The Red Devils still have nine matches left to play, however Louis van Gaal is wanting wins in all of these.
“It’s a big blow, these kinds of matches you have to win,” the Dutch boss said to reporters. “We need 27 points. It is a lot, but it is always possible.”
Van Gaal added: “You always have a chance (to make the top four) but these kind of matches you have to win, and certainly when you have to close the gap because you have lost too many matches already.”
United put their Premier League campaign to one side this week when they go head-to-head with Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday evening in the Europa League last-sixteen round first leg.