The five games that defined Man United's season

Paul Scholes

Will van Gaal stay or Will van Gaal go?

Our loss to West Ham leaves Manchester City in the prime position to finish fourth ahead of us and although an FA Cup trophy is still achievable against Crystal Palace in the final, it should not be enough to save van Gaal's job.

United are likely to miss out on qualifying for next season's Champions League after losing 3-2 to West Ham United on Tuesday night, but they could end the season with silverware as they are in the FA Cup final. "You have seen it in the faces of the players".

Manchester City's players must take the blame for a poor second half of the season that has left their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread, Bacary Sagna said, but the full back still believes they deserve a spot in Europe's elite club competition.

Arsenal fans celebrated but this United team lost out on the title by just one point in the end.

And Van Gaal believes his side are well equipped to cope with the emotions involved in the Boleyn Ground's farewell having overcome other hurdles in recent weeks, most recently in Saturday's 1-0 win at Norwich.

"We have to play like this all season. They were fighting against relegation, so it was a tough match", added the 64-year-old. United did blow it and some bookmakers actually paid out those who bet on United winning the title when they already had a 11-point lead. "I don't think he has any idea".

"I've said this before - it's irrelevant who the manager is", said the former England global.

There may be a late decision made on the fitness of frontman Anthony Martial, who pulled up with a muscle strain during the warm-up at Norwich.

"I can not say [if he will play]".

"It's very disappointing, especially the way we started the season".

"We have a lot of respect for West Ham United".

And Van Gaal also revealed that he was following a blueprint mapped out by the owners - the Glazer family - and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to develop young players in the tradition of the club. "It is a historical, big club in the Premier League so we don't want to spoil the party but we need the three points".

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