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Van Gaal: Not much between Manchester United and Tottenham

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claims there is not much difference between his side and Tottenham, despite trailing Spurs by 12 points.

The Red Devils take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Wednesday aiming for a victory to keep alive their hopes of finishing in the top four, while Spurs still harbour genuine hopes of pipping Leicester to the title following their 4-0 demolition of Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men beat the Red Devils 3-0 earlier this month but Van Gaal claims his side are on a similar level.

“We have beaten Tottenham 1-0 [in August] and until the 70th minute I think we were the better team but then a miscommunication,” he told reporters.
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“So I don’t think there is a lot of distance between Tottenham and Manchester United, but the distance is in points. They have won more, they are scoring more and that’s because they have more creative players.”

Van Gaal also claimed he was lacking creativity at Old Trafford despite having players such as Juan Mata, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial in his squad.

“I have said in advance what we need and in my opinion I don’t have a senior creative player,” he added.

“We can’t get every player because it depends on the player and the club and how much Manchester United wants to pay."