'I SHOULD BE JUDGED IN MY SECOND SEASON'
United started the season as third favourites for the title behind Manchester City and Chelsea, but the club's expectations were checked after a poor result and even worse performance against Swansea on the opening day of the season.
Now, in quotes carried by the Sunday newspapers, Van Gaal admits it will take something miraculous for United to win the title, although he is not ruling it out either.
"To win the league this season would be a miracle," admitted Van Gaal.
"But that isn't to say that it isn't possible. It is always possible, but it shall be very difficult.
"The Glazer family understand this or I would not have accepted this job. I have discussed everything with them. We have had long discussions where I have shown myself. I am always open to them.
"That is why we discussed three years, not one year. They wanted to know what are the consequences when you are hiring me - and I have told them.
"In my experience, in my former clubs, it was always that the start was very difficult."
Van Gaal said that fans should not judge him on how Manchester United do this season.
"A manager should be judged in his second season," he added. "Nevertheless, what I have experienced [was that] I was champion in Barcelona and Munich in my first season.
"So, it is possible. What I did at Bayern Munich was a miracle because the team was not stable when I got there.
"When I took over from Bobby Robson at Barcelona, he had won three titles, so there was stability.
"The problem I have at United is that the selection is not balanced. There are five No.9s and six No.10s - and we don't have enough defenders."
Sorry Louis but you certainly will be judged on what you do this campaign - any repeat of last season's seventh placed finish under David Moyes would be simply unacceptable. However, even most United fans would admit that the title is highly unlikely.
A top four place is what they should be aiming for and is the minimum requirement. United are now spending a lot of money without any players leaving for big sums. The likes of Chelsea (Luiz, Lukaku, Mata), Real Madrid (Ozil, Di Maria) and Barcelona (Sanchez, Thiago) have sold to help finance their big signings and stay within Financial Fair Play Rules. United have huge commercial revenues that let them spend more than most but they will seriously drop off if they go another season without Champions League football.
A lot of their future deals are said to be incentive based. All great empires eventually crumble and United need to get back into the race this year or they risk being lapped by their more settled Premier League rivals.
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