Louis van Gaal: Man United don’t benefit from no Champions League
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal rubbishes suggestions that no Champions League can be a good thing this term
Louis van Gaal has rubbished the suggestion that Manchester United could benefit from not playing in the Champions League this season.
The Red Devils failed to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition after a disappointing seventh-place finish last season.
It should be a benefit to play in the Champions League because you compete with high level opponents
Louis van Gaal
It has been suggested that Van Gaal could reap the rewards from no European distractions as the Dutchman looks to leave his stamp on the club.
But the 63-year-old United manager is adamant that the 20-time English champions need to be playing “high level opponents” in the Champions League.
“I think it’s better to compete with the best squads in the world than to train a lot of times in the week. I don’t think that’s a benefit,” Van Gaal is quoted as saying.
“It should be a benefit to play in the Champions League because you compete with high level opponents. You’ve seen this week, Chelsea 1-1, Liverpool with a present at the end (late winner in a 2-1 Anfield win) and Arsenal has lost. That’s competition.
“I don’t think it’s a benefit not being in it. Everyone’s saying it but it’s not like that.”
United, who beat Queens Park Rangers last weekend to secure their first win under Van Gaal, face Leicester City on Sunday.