Man United can still win Premier League, declares Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal feels that Manchester United could still win the title this season

Louis van Gaal has claimed that Manchester United are still in with a chance of winning the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils head into Saturday’s clash with Aston Villa at Old Trafford in fourth place in the Premier League table and nine points behind leaders Chelsea, who have played a game less.

United have improved significantly since their stuttering start to the season and have won seven of their last 10 Premier League games.

And despite the sizeable gap to leaders Chelsea, Van Gaal refused to rule his side out of contention for the top-flight title on Friday afternoon.

Speaking at his pre-match news conference at Carrington, Van Gaal said: “You never know. I have said at the end we shall find out. When we had 30 points out of 11 matches at that time there was a lot of criticism but I said we should find out at the end of the season.

“It’s still a rat race and Tottenham and Liverpool are still in. Of course we have dealt them a blow but we have to play against the first three. It can happen a lot.

“Still, we can win the title, mathematically.

“I’m not surprised. We are working day in day out and we have to see how players respond because the way I train, which I’ve explained a lot of times, is not easy for players. It’s a whole process.

“We started at the bottom, unconscious, capable and then your next step is conscious and incapable. And then it is conscious and capable.

“Maybe we are now in the last step of that process. I hope so. What I’ve seen in the last five matches I think so but we have to wait and see because if you lose two times in a row you are not so sure any more.”

United have won their last four games in the Premier League, including an impressive 2-1 victory over top-four rivals Liverpool at Anfield in their most recent outing.

The Red Devils have won 17 of their 30 Premier League games with Van Gaal at the helm.

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