Louis Van Gaal has never lost the faith.
Following Manchester United’s 1-0 win over bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday the Dutch manager was, as always, firm in his belief that he will lead his team to success.
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Despite going on a eight-game winless run in all competitions through November and December and plenty of fans, pundits and former players calling for his head, LVG’s United are now five games unbeaten in all competitions and are just two points off the top four of the Premier League.
However, the 64-year-old is thinking bigger than just UEFA Champions League qualification. He wants the title.
“We have a lot of matches still to go,” Van Gaal said. “We have to continue, which is not so easy. But we can do it because we show every week we can do it… The gap is seven points. We can overcome that so that’s what I’m thinking about. “
With United being outplayed for the opening 65 minutes on Sunday they had a combination of poor finishing from Liverpool and great goalkeeping from David De Gea to thanks for the scores being level.
Wayne Rooney pounced, his fifth goal in his last four games, to net the winner and Van Gaal clearly believes the likes of Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City can all be caught.
In this crazy 2015-16 Premier League season, who are we to doubt him? Our studio analysts in the video above think otherwise and there’s certainly plenty to be said for the opinion that United will struggled to get in the top four, let alone win the title.
Yet, it does seem like United are slowly but surely getting the balance right with their lackluster offense firing occasionally and issues at the back ironed out somewhat against Liverpool following their 3-3 draw at Newcastle United.
There’s no doubt that there’s plenty of room for improvement but with only seven points separating United in fifth place and the joint-leaders Arsenal and Leicester, this really is a wide-open title race.
LVG believes they can win it. Do you?