Man Utd star Daniel James sends Champions League message to Chelsea despite loss

Manchester United winger Daniel James insists a top four finish is still ‘up for grabs’ despite defeat to Burnley in the Premier League on Wednesday night.

The Red Devils suffered a first home defeat to the Clarets since 1962 in what was another dismal Old Trafford performance.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s side were looked to make up more ground on the top four after Chelsea could only draw with Arsenal on Tuesday.

But goals from Chris Wood and Jay Rodriguez gave Sean Dyche’s men a well deserved win at the Theatre of Dreams.

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United had chances to score but squandered the best of them with Anthony Martial mainly at fault once again.

Defeat leaves United fifth in the Premier League, still only six points behind Chelsea but just one point ahead of Sheffield United in eighth.

United face Wolves and Chelsea in their next two league encounters and Wales international James knows the next few weeks could be pivotal in the race for Champions League qualification.

Frank Lampard’s side have struggled for consistency themselves this season and James believes the battle for a top four finish still has a long way to go.

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Daniel James thinks Man Utd can still get in the Champions League

“I think that is still obviously up for grabs,” James told MUTV.

“We have got to keep fighting, and I think tomorrow obviously reflect on this game. We need to see what went wrong today, then we’ve got two big two cup games coming up, and we’ve got to go into that with our heads held high.

“I think the league game (against Chelsea) isn’t for another couple of weeks. So that is in our minds, but it is all about concentrating on the next game.”

The result means United have now made their worst start to a season for 30 years with the pressure on Solskjaer being ramped up all the time.

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