March will be decisive for United’s season, Van Gaal admits

Date published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 11:27

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Louis van Gaal has admitted Manchester United are entering a potentially defining period in their season as they prepare for a run of six games in the next 19 days.

United begin the run with a match against Watford at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and Van Gaal insists they have not given hopes on claiming a top-four finish.

The Reds then face West Brom on Sunday, with an FA Cup clash at home to West Ham on March 13 sandwiched by their Europa League ties with arch rivals Liverpool.

United’s huge month finishes with the derby clash at Manchester City on March 20, a game that could go a long way to deciding if Van Gaal’s men can clinch fourth spot.

Against that backdrop, Van Gaal admitted United cannot afford any slip-ups as they aim to end a turbulent campaign on a high by ensuring Champions League football for next season.

Asked if March was a crucial month for him and his side, Van Gaal said: “You are always saying crucial.

“Now we are coming into the decisive moments of the competition in the Premier League and the FA Cup.

“It’s important, especially for us, because we have lost too many unnecessary points.

“We are six behind Manchester City [three but City have a game in hand] and seven behind Arsenal, and that’s too much, so we have to win.”

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