Manchester United were in a fantastic position to secure top four, and even third in the table, a few weeks ago, but a run of poor performances and results has put our place in next year’s Champions League in jeopardy.

Following United’s 1-0 defeat against West Ham, Erik ten Hag was keen to remind the press that a top four finish is still in our hands. If we win all of our remaining home games, the results of any club can have no impact.

Nothing changed, only we could have made it [securing a top-four place] easier when you have a win. We need three wins in four games, so everything is in our hands and we have to believe. But it’s not about Liverpool, it’s about us, because look to the table and we have everything in our hands. 

If we bring our performance, if we bring our standards then we will win games, so we don’t have to look to others – we have to look to ourselves and find a way to win and find a way to get back to our levels.

De Gea has faced increasing levels of scrutiny from the fanbase in recent months, which hasn’t been helped by his costly error against West Ham, but Ten Hag doesn’t have any worries about the goalkeeper’s ability to bounce back.

He has the most clean sheets in the Premier League, so we would not be here in this position [in the table] without him. So he has fully my belief, no concerns. Yeh, that happens, but I think as a team you have to deal with it. We have to show character and be resilient and bounce back and that’s something that this team will do.