Louis Van Gaal has told supporters it was unrealistic of them to envision Manchester United winning the EPL.
Though winning the EPL is out of it, Van Gaal is still hoping to qualify for the UCL by some miracle.
Manchester United currently sit in fifth with the final game of the season slated for Sunday, they’ll be hoping for a loss from fourth placed Manchester City, if they’re to qualify for the elite competition.
But Van Gaal – facing an uncertain future amid constant speculation linking Jose Mourinho to Old Trafford – insisted their campaign cannot be deemed a total failure, even though it was always unlikely that United would win the league.
“We can win the FA Cup. How many are still in the race? How many? Of course, when we don’t qualify ourselves [for the top four] then we don’t reach our aim,” he told reporters.
“That is true, because our aim was to qualify, but we are in the final of the FA Cup and we are in the race [for fourth] going into the last match, so mathematically we can qualify still.
“How many teams can say that? Not many. Of course you can say Manchester United need to be champions. Yes, I know the expectations are like that, but I don’t think that is realistic.”
United host AFC Bournemouth in their final game of the Premier League season on Sunday, before facing Crystal Palace in the FA Cup decider on May 21.