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Published: 10:32 | 11/5/16

Van Gaal refuses to give up on Champions League

United boss will fight to the end

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has refused to concede defeat in the race for Champions League qualification despite his side's 3-2 loss to West Ham last night.

The result undoubtedly leaves City in the box seat for that precious fourth place finish as they sit two points ahead of United with a superior goal difference with just one game remaining.

United face Bournemouth at Old Trafford in their final game on Sunday while City face a potentially tricky visit to Wales to face Swansea, so Van Gaal is not ready to concede defeat just yet.

"No, it is still not gone," he said.

"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."

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