Chris Smalling admits Manchester United's season has been disappointing but claims Champions League spot has got to be their goal

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Louis van Gaal's men are currently sixth in the Premier League table.

Chris Smalling has conceded that Manchester United have endured a disappointing season, but insisted that they have still got to give everything in an attempt to qualify for next season's Champions League, the Daily Mirror reports.

With eight games to go in the Premier League, the Red Devils find themselves sixth and four points adrift of the top four. But despite having an FA Cup quarter-final replay with West Ham on the horizon, Smalling has hinted that it is only one competition that should be the focus of their attention.

"With United it is one big push for the Champions League now," he told the Mirror.

"Overall, the season has been quite disappointing but we have up to 10 games to go, depending on the cup, so we will give it a push and see where we go."

While qualifying for the continent's biggest competition would arguably have major implications for what they could do in the transfer market over the summer, they have a fantastic opportunity to win their first trophy under Louis van Gaal.

It is arguably their quarter-final opponents that present the biggest challenge of any of the sides still in the competition, as the three teams that have booked their place in the semi-final are all currently situated in the bottom half of the top flight whereas the Hammers sit above United in the table.

And while the opportunity to actually win a trophy at Wembley would be a high priority for many, Smalling appears to be looking at the bigger picture as qualifying for the Champions League may give them the resources to compete on all fronts in the future. 

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