Herrera: Top four would be mission accomplished for Manchester United

The Red Devils are only two points behind Manchester City and Arsenal, with second within reach, but the midfielder says just holding off the chasing pack would be satisfying

Manchester United will have achieved their primary aim for the season if they finish in the Premier League’s top four, according to midfielder Ander Herrera.

In their first campaign under Louis van Gaal, United retain hope of a second-place finish with four games remaining.

Herrera is eager to overhaul Manchester City and Arsenal, both of whom two points better off with the Gunners also holding a game in hand, but feels that his team can be content with their progress after David Moyes led them to seventh last term.

“We have had very good moments and others not so good,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports of United’s season.

“But I think everyone knew in the beginning of the season it was not going to be an easy season because, at the club, we have had a lot of changes – new players, new staff – so the first objective we had was to be in the top four.

“We want to finish second but now we have to be prudent. We have [games against] West Brom, Crystal Palace [coming up]; of course we wish to be second but it’s not going to be easy.

“The most important thing is that now we are in the top four but we have to avoid the fourth place because we will have to play Champions League qualification.”

United hold a seven-point advantage over Liverpool and Tottenham after 34 games each.

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