Louis van Gaal has conceded that Manchester United may have to rely on luck in front of goal to clinch a top four finish ahead of fierce rivals Liverpool.
If the Red Devils beat Crystal Palace on Saturday evening and the Reds lose to Premier League champions Chelsea on Sunday – a place in the top four will be safe for Louis van Gaal’s side before their final two games versus Arsenal and Hull City.
Nonetheless, the Dutchman is more than aware that the job is never as simple as it sounds.
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In his press conference on Friday, the 63-year-old said, “I think we need a little bit of luck and also composure [in front of goal]. That I cannot provide, the players have to do that by themselves,” as quoted by the Daily Express.
“We have the pressure. Liverpool have to play these matches and have to win them also, but we have to focus on our match.
“[Crystal Palace are] at home but I still expect that they’ll defend more than attack. They have speed, dribbling qualities and they can finish.”
Manchester United travel to Selhurst Park for an evening kick off on Saturday. Both sides are searching for their first win in three, and Louis van Gaal knows his men will need to be at their best against Alan Pardew’s side.
The Red Devils have struggled in front of goal this season. Blockbuster loan signing Radamel Falcao has failed to live up to the hype surrounding his name – scoring just four Premier League goals. Meanwhile, Robin van Persie has spent most of the campaign on the sidelines nursing an injury, and captain Wayne Rooney has often been deployed in a deeper role.
The club have already sent a huge message of attacking intent for the following season in signing PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay – confirmed on their official Twitter account – before the opening of the summer transfer window.