Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he will be supporting Arsenal in their upcoming clash with Manchester City, saying his side are dependent on a Gunners victory.
United’s win over Norwich on Saturday means the Red Devils are just one point behind City in the race for the top four, with only two games left each.
City are set to take on Arsenal on Sunday in the Premier League knowing anything other than a win at the Etihad Stadium could see their nearest rivals pip them to fourth spot.
And Van Gaal, who could see his future at United defined by their qualification for the Champions League, has admitted he will be cheering on Arsene Wenger’s side this weekend.
The Dutchman has also praised his side’s effort in their victory against the Canaries.
Speaking to BT Sport Van Gaal said: “We did our job today. Fantastic, I think.
“When you see the second half, we deserved to win. We’re still in the race [for the top four]. Now we are dependent on Arsenal.”
When asked about the City v Arsenal match he added: “I’m more or less tomorrow, indeed, a Gunners fan but it will be a tough game between these kind of teams.
“Especially after the defeat to Real Madrid, it is not so easy for Manchester City to revive themselves.”
A win for Arsenal would secure their ensure that they finished no lower than third in the league, meaning that they would go straight into the group stages for the Champions League rather than having to go into a play-off.
United last missed out on Champions League football in the 2013-2014 season, when David Moyes was sacked when their inability to qualify for the tournament was confirmed.
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