Man United coach Erik ten Hag believes his side will finish in the top 4. Image: twitter @ManUtd

Are United bottling top 4 race?

Man United’s 1-0 defeat at West Ham has opened doors for Liverpool, who are just a point behind the Red Devils.


Man United coach Erik ten Hag believes his side will finish in the top 4. Image: twitter @ManUtd

Manchester United’s chance of finishing in the top 4 of the English Premier League just became harder following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Ham on SUnday evening.

United keeper David De Gea made a huge goalkeeping howler which eventually cost his team at the London stadium.

The Red Devils are fourth on the log and just a point ahead Liverpool in fifth place.

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United coach Erik ten Hag says his side have destiny in their hands when it comes to securing a Champions League spot for next season.

Sunday’s setback in the capital follows a loss by the same scoreline to Brighton in midweek but, with United still boasting a game in hand on Liverpool.

Liverpool are closing in on the top 4 spot

“Nothing changed, only we could have made it [securing a top-four place] easier when you have a win.

“We need three wins in four games, so everything is in our hands and we have to believe,” ten Hag said in post-match press conference.

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“But it’s not about Liverpool, it’s about us, because look to the table and we have everything in our hands. If we bring our performance, if we bring our standards then we will win games, so we don’t have to look to others – we have to look to ourselves and find a way to win and find a way to get back to our levels,” United coach added.

Ten Hag has defended United goalkeeper De Gea

“He has the most clean sheets in the Premier League, so we would not be here in this position [in the table] without him,” he said.

“So he has fully my belief, no concerns. Yeah, that happens, but I think as a team you have to deal with it. We have to show character and be resilient and bounce back and that’s something that this team will do.”

United next face Wolves next Saturday hoping to get back to winning ways.