David Moyes and Manchester United offered Champions League hope

David Moyes In Emirates Press Conference

David Moyes has been offered fresh hope in his bid to guide Manchester United to the Champions League, from his Everton replacement.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says that this season's race for a place in Europe's premier club competition is not beyond the teams below fourth-placed Liverpool - and that includes United.

Under Moyes the Old Trafford club have already surrendered their Premier League crown and sit in seventh place in the table, 15 points adrift of current table toppers Chelsea. United remain in contention for Champions League glory this term with a last 16 meeting against Olympiakos next week.

Martinez, who replaced Moyes at Goodison Park last summer, believes that his Everton side can close the gap with Liverpool in the remaining matches of the campaign and sees no reason why Tottenham and even United, some 11 points off their arch rivals, cannot also fight for fourth.

"We want to win every game that we go into and if we can get at the end of the season with a points tally that grants a top four position we'll welcome that," he told his pre-match press conference.

"I think we need to aim high and the way to do that is by trying to win every single game in front of us. We've got 14 games and that's a very specific league now within the campaign so we're focused on that, trying to get as many points as we can and clearly the margins are very small.

"The points difference between being in the top four now is still an achievable aim for the teams that are in fifth, sixth and seventh so that's something that we're going to give everything that we've got."

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