Manchester United manager looking for Premier League title challenge
Louis van Gaal believes that a United victory at The Hawthorns tonight could lead to a title tilt
October 20th, 2014
Manchester United are eleven points behind Chelsea in the Premier League table, although Louis van Gaal hasn’t given up hope that the Red Devils could still be champions this season.
United are yet to register an away win in the Premier League this season, having collected draws at Sunderland and Burnley before a 5-3 defeat at Leicester which illustrates the team’s ability to attack but also concede goals at the other end.
Nevertheless, Van Gaal has seen his team collect recent home wins against West Ham and Everton, with the Dutchman hopeful his side will break their duck against the Baggies and start challenging for top honours.
LVG also cited the need for his United team to be playing Champions League football as quickly as possible.
“When you can play the Champions League, especially the Champions League but also the Europa League, you can compare yourselves as a team with the better players, with a higher level,” he said.
“I have also a philosophy when I was a technical director of the [Holland] Federation I gave structure to the youth education that the better players have to play against the better players. Then you get development of your players because they are playing better opponents.
“When you are in the Champions League and it’s going well and you beat opponents, you are coming in a flow and then it’s not so bad to play all the matches.
“Maybe in my first year I have more chances to train with my players,” he acknowledged. “That is probably better than all the matches maybe. But at the end of this it’s always better to play in the Champions League and all the cups and play all the matches because you can compare yourself with higher-level opponents.”
Asked if United can win the Premier League when his injured players are all back, Van Gaal said: “Every team can win. You have your hopes but I do think there are stronger teams in the world now. We have to make a team and that’s why I have a period of three years. I hope we can fulfil that dream that we have together.”