'It's going down to the last day' – Van Gaal on Man Utd's top-four bid

With Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham and the 13-time Premier League champions all vying for third and fourth place, the Dutchman is expecting a dramatic finale

Louis van Gaal expects Manchester United to be in a race for Champions League qualification until the last week of the season.

The Dutchman has attracted criticism for the club’s tactics this season but United currently lie fourth with 11 games left to play, while Arsenal’s form has seen them overcome a worst ever start to a Premier League season to sit third.

Sixth-placed Liverpool are the form team in the top flight, having taken 26 points from a possible 30 over their last 10 games while Southampton’s win over Crystal Palace sees them a point adrift of United in fifth.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are seventh and lie six points behind United, though Mauricio Pochettino’s men have a game in hand.

Arsene Wenger previously predicted that it would take 72 points to guarantee a top-four finish this term, which Van Gaal is unsure of, but he is not expecting anything to be confirmed until May.

When questioned on Wenger’s comments, Van Gaal told reporters: “I don’t think of how many points. But he is more experienced in the Premier League so I want to believe him.

“It is going to the last week, I know that.”

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