Van Gaal: Aim for this season always third place

Date published: Sunday 7th February 2016 10:29

Louis van Gaal: Preparing side for clash with Arsenal

Louis van Gaal: Preparing side for clash with Arsenal

Louis van Gaal says there is “light at the end of the tunnel” for Manchester United with injuries easing and the top four only five points off.

Van Gaal, who says he does not believe suggestions that United have already held talks with Jose Mourinho about the Portuguese replacing him at Old Trafford, has led the team to three wins and two draws from their last six Premier League games.

They could move to within four points of Manchester City with victory at Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, leaving Van Gaal feeling confident as players prepare to return from injury.

“I never had doubts but it is still remarkable that after the four defeats in a row we have started to win,” Van Gaal said.

“I hope it has given the fans the stimulus to now believe in the manager.

“The aim here is still the same – to qualify for the Champions League and to finish one step higher than last year, so third place.

“Leicester have opened a big gap from us but it is still possible.

“We are in a very good mood. Winning puts you in a good mood. It is very important to be there in April, five points or less from the top.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel. Phil Jones is coming back, Marcos Rojo is coming back, Antonio Valencia is coming back.

“We have managed to survive and we are only five points behind the top four. That isn’t bad.”

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