Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says they're battling five clubs to finish in the for four.
Van Gaal described the tussle as a "rat race".
"It is because of the rat race between five clubs that we have to win, we have to be there," the United manager said.
"You have to win your matches because the other clubs are winning their matches."
Van Gaal admits it would be a huge let down if United did not make the top four.
"[It would be a] big disappointment [not to qualify]," said Van Gaal, who won the Champions League with Ajax 20 years ago.
"When you start the season with the objective of finishing in the first four of the league it is your objective and you are occupied with doing that.
"But we are still there, I don't know why we are talking about it when it is not like that, because we are still there. What is the problem?"
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