Van Gaal: Our goal is still to be champion
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists that winning the Premier League title remains a goal for him and the players despite being 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea heading into Friday’s (Dec 26) Boxing Day fixtures.
The 63-year-old Dutchman – who originally said when he took over after the World Cup this year that he foresaw a three year rebuilding process – has overseen a revival in the club’s fortunes in recent months after Manchester United's worst start since the 1986/87 season.
However, he takes United into the home game with Newcastle on Friday on the back of a run of six wins and a draw.
"Our goal is still to be the champion at the end of the season. It is always to be first," Van Gaal said.
Van Gaal, who earlier this year guided the Dutch to the World Cup semi-finals where they lost on penalties to Argentina, has spent £150 million (S$308,500) on new players and says that United can do better than the target set by the board at the outset of the season.
The board’s goal was for United to finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League which is something they failed to achieve last term under the disastrous stewardship of David Moyes, who was sacked towards the end of the season and replaced temporarily by Ryan Giggs.
"With my players and all the staff, we are trying to achieve more than they expect," said van Gaal.