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The former Manchester United defender admits it is unlikely that his former side will nab a Champions League spot this season but he remains hopeful

Manchester United legend Gary Pallister admits that it will be a tall order for his former club to finish fourth at the end of the season.

After a difficult campaign that sees the Red Devils currently lie in seventh place, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea and 12 points behind fourth-placed City, it seems very likely that the reigning Premier League champions look set to miss out on Champions League football next season.

And Pallister has conceded that it is unlikely that they would be able usurp their bitter rivals for fourth with only 11 games to go.

“It’s difficult to say, we’re up and down this season and we haven’t had the luck either,” the United legend said in an exclusive interview with Red Card Sports Radio at the Manchester United Trophy Tour in Singapore.
 
“Hopefully we can put a run together once we get Juan Mata settled into the team. If we can do that, with the confidence of Wayne Rooney [from] the confidence of signing a new deal, may give us that little boost that we need to try and claim that fourth spot.

“It’s a tough ask, but United have done some memorable achievements over the years, and I wouldn’t put it past them to do it again.”

Nevertheless, the former centre-back league winner is at least pleased that Rooney has signed a £300,000 a week contract to keep himself at United until 2019, showing that the club still has the ability to sign the best players.

“I think it was important we signed him,” he said.

“It sends out a signal, that the best players want to play for Manchester United. And Wayne Rooney certainly falls into that category. He’s seen a little bit of unrest last season, but David Moyes is getting the very best out of him again and I think Wayne’s very happy to sign the contract.

“So it works for all the parties. It’s important that we keep the best players in the club and Wayne Rooney is certainly a world-class player.”

The four-time Premier League winner was in Singapore last Tuesday as part of the Manchester United Trophy Tour.

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