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De Gea: United don't want to miss out on Europe

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David de Gea has shone for Manchester United during difficult periods this season © Getty Images
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David de Gea says Manchester United still have plenty to play for in the campaign as they want to be in a European competition next season.

United have five games remaining of the campaign, all in the Premier League, after they were knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich.

Currently United are seventh in the table, nine points off a Champions League qualification spot and seven points adrift of a place in the Europa League.

And goalkeeper De Gea insists he and his United team-mates are determined to be playing European football next season following a difficult campaign under new manager David Moyes.

"There are still plenty of important games to play. We are Manchester United and it's our duty to win every game we take part in," the Spaniard told the club's official website.

"That's what we'll try to do now because we want to finish as high as we can in the league, ensure we're playing in a European competition next season and show we are still around and that we will never give in."

Reflecting on the Champions League exit to Bayern, which United lost 4-2 over the two legs having levelled the aggregate score at 2-2 in Munich, De Gea felt United gave everything in the tie.

"The Bayern defeat was tough for us to take. We put in two really good performances, we did well in both games of the tie and, with a bit of luck, I think we could have got through," he said.

"But it was always going to be a difficult task going to Munich and they pressurised us a lot in the Allianz Arena. But of course we have to keep going."

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