Louis van Gaal aiming for Premier League title with Manchester United
Van Gaal targets top spot for 2014/15 season after taking charge at the “biggest club in the world”
July 18th, 2014
Manchester United finished a lowly seventh in the Premier League pecking order last season, although Louis van Gaal is expecting a massive improvement this term and has backed himself to win the title at the first time of asking.
The Red Devils are currently 5/1 shots to finish ahead of their Premier League rivals for the 2014/15 season, with Van Gaal having taken charge of the United squad this week and the Dutchman is currently in assessment mode as he works out which players will form part of the title charge.
“First of all I have to see how the players perform my philosophy and how quickly they pick it up. I haven’t worked with most of them so we have to wait and see – it’s very important that there is a click between the players and the manager. When you analyse it, it’s about the click.
“I will do my utmost,” he said. “That’s the best that I can give. I cannot give predictions because you never know. It’s the biggest club in the world and within two days I know already how important Manchester United is, but also how important the sponsors are and I have to work and prepare a team and I have to adapt to this big club. It will not be easy but when you see my career you see what I have won. The future shall show if I can do it again.
“It is the biggest club because of world renown but in sport you are never the biggest unless you’ve proved it every season. You are not the biggest if last season you were seventh.
“Then you are not the biggest but are well known all over the world. In China and Brazil people talked about Man Utd when I was coach of the Dutch team. There is a lot of expectation. It is a great challenge because of that. Barça were No1 in Spain, Ajax No1 in the Netherlands and Bayern Munich No1 in Germany and now Man Utd No1 in England and I hope I shall fulfil the expectation.
“The owners and CEO have a lot of confidence in me and because of that they have come to me. I have explained my philosophy and they were excited and that is why I am here. That is why we have to see if I can fulfil the expectations and that of the fans. But in the world of football you cannot predict.”