Van Gaal: Players won’t seek moves if Man United miss top four

Date published: Saturday 16th April 2016 11:22

Louis van Gaal: Insists top-four remains top priority

Louis van Gaal does not expect any Manchester United player to push for a summer move from the club – even if they fail to reach the Champions League.

The current crop are looking to avoid the ignominy of missing out on a place at European football’s top table, just as David Moyes’ side did following a miserable 2013/14 campaign.

United head into Saturday’s clash with rudderless Aston Villa four points shy of fourth-placed Manchester City, but even usurping their neighbours may not be enough to secure Champions League football.

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A maximum of five teams from one league can qualify for the competition, meaning if City and Liverpool both finish outside the top four but seal European glory then fourth spot would become a Europa League berth.

That would be a gut punch but Van Gaal is confident United would recover, especially as the manager does not expect any player to want to leave if they miss out on the Champions League.

“There is not any player who wants to go away, I think,” the Dutchman said.

“And when another club wants to pay the figures that the board of Manchester United demand, then it is possible.

“But that is dependent on the board, of the decision of the board if a player can go.”

Asked again whether players would want to leave for Champions League football, Van Gaal added: “I don’t think so, I don’t think so.

“But, of course, you have to ask the players, but the players are the participants of every week’s match.”


Van Gaal: Top four before FA Cup glory

The Reds Devils claimed one of their best results of the season on Wednesday when they won 2-1 at West Ham to reach the FA Cup semi-finals, setting up a potentially exciting end to a frustrating campaign.

But Van Gaal is of no doubt where United’s focus must lie.

“I have said for the club it is much more important that we are ending in the first four,” Van Gaal added.

“The Champions League is the highest level and a club like Manchester United has to show the abilities and qualities at the highest level.

“A trophy is, of course, fantastic and especially the FA Cup because it is a lot of years that we didn’t win this cup.

“So for Manchester United and when you see the happiness of the fans (it is important).

“I’m not so much in the streets but I went to the hairdresser – you can see it.

“I walked to the hairdresser and all the people and the cars are stopping and people want to take pictures again.

“It is unbelievable. It is unbelievable – with the old haircut.

“This is a big arousal under the fans and that is nice to see because they are hungry also for the FA Cup, I think, but still you have to first beat Everton.”

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