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Man United boss backs league rivals to ensure European qualification

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes all his league rivals can ensure qualification into the latter stages of the Champions League, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Three out of the four Premier League teams in the competition suffered a defeat in Europe during the first round of fixtures, with the Blues the only team to pick up points.

All three English clubs lost to a 2-1 scoreline, with United losing to PSV Eindhoven, Manchester City losing to Juventus, and Arsenal losing to Dinamo Zagreb.

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Van Gaal has admitted that due to the physicality of the English top flight, clubs will be forced to rest some of their best players, but has also backed their chances to advance to the next round.

“The Premier League is a very difficult league,” he said.

“To beat your opponent every week is not easy; it is always a struggle and a battle.

“It is not predictable to say four teams in the Premier League shall overcome this group stage round, no, it is not like that. But I have to say that we have the teams to do it and we have the quality to do it.

“The difficulty is that all these players are in a rat race and that takes a lot out of the players, which is why you have to rotate and that is what I am doing now because I have to protect my players.”

His side will now have to host Bundesliga giants Wolfsburg on Wednesday as he targets his first three points in Europe.

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