Van Gaal looking to keep up with title rivals.
Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal has set his sights on winning the Premier League title during his first campaign in charge at the club, and has vowed to catch up with Chelsea and Manchester City in the race to do so, the Daily Star reports.
United bosses have set Van Gaal a target of finishing in the top four, But the no-nonsense Dutchman will not be satisfied with a return to the Champions League and wants United to become champions again in his first season.
The Red Devils currently stand behind leaders Chelsea by 10 points, whilst they trail neighbours and current champions City by seven.
United face a tough challenge to catch up to the heavyweights, but Van Gaal has insisted that it can be done.
“In the Netherlands and also in Germany you have the Christmas champions,” he said.
“But that doesn’t count at the end of May – then you have to be first.
“In Holland and Germany we have a Christmas champion – PSV and Bayern Munich are the Christmas champions.
“It’s better to be the Christmas champions, then the possibility you shall be next champion is bigger – but not certain.
“But the best achievement is champion (overall) because our goal is still to be champions at the end of the season.
“That’s also the best result. We are looking in a football world where No. 1 is the most important thing.
“Our goal is to be first. It’s not always so easy, you can see that.
“That’s why the board have said that our goal is within the first four places but still, with my players and all the staff, we are trying to achieve more than they expect from us.”
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