Louis van Gaal says Manchester United are “not good enough” to win the Champions League this season.
Van Gaal’s men were held to another goalless draw at home to West Ham on Saturday – their fifth in the last nine games – and they have slipped three points behind leaders Leicester.
The fans are becoming increasingly worried by their negative style, which saw them muster just one shot on target from 21 attempts, but they will have to forget their league form next week when they travel to Germany to play Wolfsburg in the Champions League.
Van Gaal’s men sit in second spot behind Wolfsburg and know that a win will guarantee them a place in the knockout stage, but anything else could seem them eliminated
Should United win at the Volkswagen Arena on Tuesday though, Van Gaal isn’t confident about their chances for the remainder of the tournament.
“I don’t think that we are able to win the Champions League now,” Van Gaal said. “Maybe next year when we strengthen our selection again. But now we have to come as much as possible and maybe we can beat everyone, that I am sure.
“And we have proven that already, also in the Premier League. But normally we are not good enough to win the Champions League. You can win, and when we are there we shall try to do everything but you also have to be realistic. I’m happy with my squad now but we can strengthen the selection still in [certain] positions, for example the left-back position is not so [well] covered.”
The Dutchman is sure that his men can get the right result against the Bundesliga side.
“Yes, yes we can win,” said Van Gaal. “Because we have also won at home [against Wolfsburg]. It was also a difficult match. But I know that also Wolfsburg shall not attack too much because with a draw, they continue and we are dependent on PSV.
“Every match, we have chances and, in our European matches, we have created more chances than in the Premier League matches, I believe. We have to score in Wolfsburg.
“We have to play against a very good team. I am convinced we can do it but we do not have any luck. Also, we have to be more composed in that situation – especially when you miss chances three metres in front of goal.”