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Sports Manchester United: We are aiming for the top four - Van Persie

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has said that they aim to finish in the top four at the end of the season.

The Red Devils are not currently competing in the UEFA Champions League,failing to qualify last season by virtue of their league finish.

But Van Persie believes that the players are now adapting to the coaching philosophies of Louis Van Gaal and that with time the club will come good.

"Our aim this year is to be in the top four. We have a great manager, great staff, great fans.

"Everything is in place to be up there competing with the very best teams. I think we can do it and we will."

United have struggled this season,winning only two matches in six games played so far,but Van Persie added that the players are now understanding Van Gaal.

"Only me and Daley Blind knew how he works,’ said Van Persie. "He’s trying to get his philosophy into a lot of new players. It’s very demanding in a good way as you have to be focused every single day of the sessions or the meeting.

"He wants players to get involved in the meetings too. That’s a bit of the Dutch thing, everybody gets involved in the project."

"Some training sessions are incredible and we are showing that in games as well.

"We had a setback against Leicester (they lost 5-3) but to win in circumstances like the weekend sends a message and shows that even in these difficult games we can win.

"Now we have to extend that and make at least the top four."