My Target For Manchester United Is Making Top Four – Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal has set Manchester United an initial target
of a top-four finish in this season’s Premier League.
United’s new manager is yet to deliver a competitive
victory and suffered the indignity of a 4-0 defeat at
League One MK Dons in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie.
Neither that setback, nor a return of just one Premier
League point from two games, has dented the Dutchman’s
confidence and he remains convinced he can bring a new
era of domestic and European success to Old Trafford.
Van Gaal is even refusing to rule out a title challenge this
season, but ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley he has
again stressed it will take time to rebuild United’s squad
and successfully implement his methods.
He said:
“Before September 1, I have given every player a
reasonable chance – it would not have been good to
come as a new manager and say ‘I want 11 new
players’.
The process needs time and we are building up a new
team. “I hope we shall succeed and that we are this
year in the top four, because the Champions League
suits a club like Manchester United.
“Then maybe the next step is to be champions and the
next step after that is to be winner of the Champions
League, but that needs time. A lot of clubs fight for
many, many years and never succeed.
“We can still be the champions of England in my first
year. Maybe you will laugh but in my former clubs I
have started like this so for me it is not big news.”
Van Gaal reminded the press of the positive reports
which accompanied United’s successful pre-season tour
of the United States, where Roma, Real Madrid and
Liverpool were all defeated.
He said:
“I was a king in the United States, and now I am not a
king any more? I am the same Louis van Gaal with the
same record and the same philosophy, and I am very
confident I shall succeed here.”

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