Van Gaal: "To lose by three goals is a big negative result."

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is hopeful of sealing a Champions League spot, despite his side's three nil defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

It's amazing Louis van Gaal still believes United can finish in the top four after they were dealt a massive blow in their pursuit for a Champions League spot.

The 64-year-old claimed his Red Devils were the better side before Dele Alli's opener in the 70th minute.

Toby Alderweireld scored the second in the 74th before Erik Lamela rounded up the win for Mauricio Pochettino's team, to leave United sitting four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

"Every team can lose to everybody so still we are in the race, but of course when you lose a game you have to close the gap again and that's more difficult," Van Gaal told Sky Sports.

"I think that Tottenham is a great team and I've said that also in advance of this match. Until the first goal we were the better team and also had a big chance for the first goal.

"To lose by three goals is a big negative result but the way that we have played until the first goal was good."

The Dutchman continued: "I think the better chance was with us, with Martial – that was big chance," he said.

"We gave the goal away with miscommunication and then you know what happened. Within five minutes we were out of the game.

"We didn't clear our heads. I think it is strongly expressed because the second goal is a set play. One of our best headers loses that duel.

"It is also a fantastic header from Alderweireld but it is happening and it cannot happen."

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