Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted they will “fight to the end” to snatch a Champions League place on the last day of the season.
United must beat Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Sunday and hope Swansea beat Manchester City to snatch fourth spot from their local rivals.
Although City are in pole position to qualify for the Champions League at United’s expense, Van Gaal said he and his players have not given up hope.
“We are dependant on Manchester City, that’s the difference, and that’s also frustrating when we had the chance, two matches before the end, to keep that advantage,” said Van Gaal.
“We were 2-1 ahead at West Ham with 15 minutes to play, then we gave it away, but still it is possible, so we fight to the end.”
Swansea plan to rest several key players on the final day of the season, including skipper Ashley Williams, to ensure they are fit for Euro 2016, something Van Gaal said he has no problem with.
“I have also given also players rest and have won, so that is also possible for Swansea,” said Van Gaal.
“It’s the responsibility of a club and a manager to do what is right for a team and I cannot judge that.
“My task is the same because we have to play Bournemouth.”
Van Gaal refused to be drawn on what lessons could be learned from United’s inconsistent campaign, insisting while it was still possible to finish fourth, judgments should be put on hold.
“Still I have to remind you we can qualify, so we are speaking now about ‘if’ and I don’t like ‘if’ – I like facts,” said Van Gaal.
“But I can say what we have to improve still. I don’t think we have to improve too much in our defensive organisation.