Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has conceded that his side will need an element of luck if they are to advance deep into the Champions League.
The Dutch tactician was speaking to the media ahead of his side’s clash with Wolfsburg on Wednesday night, as reported by Sky Sports, and discussed their chances of making a deep run.
United failed to get off to a positive start after their matchday one defeat to PSV a fortnight ago, and so Van Gaal will be hoping that his players can bounce back at Old Trafford with a strong showing.
Given that the Red Devils were absent from the competition last year due to failing to finish in the top four in the Premier League the season before, it remains to be seen whether or not they are ready to make an immediate impact in Europe.
However, the initial concern for Van Gaal will be to register their first points in their group and take a step towards advancing to the knockout stages.
While the 64-year-old is right in that they will need luck along the way to reach the final, there are various other aspects to consider too.
Although Anthony Martial has made an impressive start to life in Manchester, it is unclear as to whether or not the 19-year-old can continue his current form throughout the campaign.
Furthermore, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich all making impressive starts to the competition, it will take something special from the likes of United to overcome those kind of tests further down the line.