Louis van Gaal: Man United can win the Champions League
The Manchester United manager talks up his side's chances of European glory
Louis van Gaal says Manchester United are capable of winning the Champions League this year.
The three-time European Cup winners welcome Bundesliga side Wolfsburg to Old Trafford in their second Champions League fixture of the season on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils slumped to a surprise 2-1 defeat by Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands in their opening Champions League group-stage game earlier this month.
However, the loss to PSV hasn’t affected Van Gaal’s confidence after the Dutchman declared his experience of previously winning the competition can help United.
“I think we can [win it], because I’ve done it,” Van Gaal told his pre-match media conference.
“It’s not [just] quality but it’s also luck. For me as a manager when you reach the final you have done fantastic.”
United are unbeaten in their last six home fixtures in Uefa competitions (five wins, one draw), including the 3-1 success against Club Brugge in August’s play-off round.
When the Red Devils last hosted a German team at Old Trafford – Bayern in the 2013/14 quarter-finals – Bastian Schweinsteiger hit the visitors’ goal in a 1-1 draw.
United had begun that campaign with a 4-2 win over Bayer 04 Leverkusen in which Wayne Rooney (two) and Antonio Valencia found the net.