Louis Van Gaal is aiming for third place as he predicted Manchester United's ability to win the games that matter will propel them into the Champions League.
On a day when Old Trafford paid a glowing salute to club legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who a champion of young talent, it was fitting that a terrific move involving Tim Fosu-Mensah and Marcus Rashford set up Antony Martial to score the goal that secured a hard-fought win over Everton.
Van Gaal was honest enough to admit that United did not play well – they only had two shots on target – but he was thrilled his players got the job done, as they remain a point behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
United face a trip to Tottenham next week but they have thrived in the major contests of late – since the turn of the year they have won at Anfield and the Etihad Stadium, as well as beating Arsenal – and Van Gaal feels they are coming into form at the right time.
A champions League spot is now the target for the Dutch Man whose future with the club is in doubt.