Louis van Gaal refused to blame the pre-match attack on the club coach as a reason for Manchester United’s shortcomings as their Champions League hopes were taken out of their own hands with defeat at West Ham.
United were leading 2-1 before goals from Michail Antonio with a quarter of an hour left and then Winston Reid four minutes later earned West Ham a 3-2 win on the final match at the Boleyn.
“First of all you cannot prove that (it had an effect),” he said.
“We live in this world, we know that, I know it is not the first time it happens. Okay, I have a long experience in football and there are players who don’t have the experience.
“It will have an influence but I don’t think we have to look for excuses because we chased the match in the second-half and 20 minutes before full-time we are ahead so I don’t think you have to look for that excuse.
“I think the disappointment is because we were 2-1 ahead, we changed the match in our favour and in a fantastic way.
“Then you lose because of the set-plays and that I have already said before the match, we tried to organise everything but still you miss the centimetres so we have a lot of set-plays and corner goals against us already.
“That is disappointing because it has a big consequence and you lose a game you have to win.”
Van Gaal won’t give up on top four
Despite the loss handing the impetus back to Manchester City in the race for fourth, van Gaal has not conceded his side will miss out on the Champions League this season.
“No it (a top-four finish) is still not gone,” he added.
“In the last match of the season we can pass over Manchester City, they can lose and we can win – then we are fourth, you can count I think?
“I don’t think it is not likely, in this league it happens a lot and Swansea City has a very good run.
“We have to beat Bournemouth and that is tough.
“We have less points than last year and last year we were qualified two matches before the end and now we are still fighting on the last day. It is less but still we can finish as fourth, we have to think only of that.
“It is a mental blow for the players but against Bournemouth we have to give everything so that we don’t give Manchester City a free trip into the Champions League.”