Denis Law 'sure' van Gaal will return United to Champions League

Louis Van Gaal

Law thinks United will return to the Champions League but acknowledges it's a difficult job.

Manchester United Denis Law is 'sure' that new manager Louis van Gaal will return the club to the Champions League, with United finding themselves in the unusual position of having no European football to contend with this season.

United had a disappointing campaign last term in the first season since Sir Alex Ferguson had retired, where they were led to a poor seventh-place finish under David Moyes. 

With Moyes having been relieved of his duties, and van Gaal stepping into the hotseat, Law is confident that a man of the Dutchman's pedigree can return the club to Europe's elite.

He's quoted in the Manchester Evening News, saying: “One of the main things now is to get into the Champions League and I am sure that will be achieved.

“I don’t see anything else.

“It will be a difficult job of course but he will know the players he requires.

“I’ve never been manager so I don’t know so much about that scene.

“But I just know he will do it.

“He’ll see where there is a possible weakness and I am sure with his pedigree, at all the clubs he’s been at, that will achieved in a short space of time.”

It's interesting to see that Law doesn't 'see anything else'. Despite the disappointing campaign last season, and the loss of a few experienced players from their squad, there is a degree of expectation from some that United should be challenging for the title in their first season under van Gaal given there are no European commitments. 

However, a return to the Champions League would provide a terrific foundation to kick on in the following campaign, no matter what else comes with it. 

Van Gaal is under no allusions about the difficulty of the task ahead of him, even if expectations may have been raised a little after their 7-0 win over LA Galaxy in their first pre-season friendly. But given his pedigree of winning the domestic title in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany, he isn't going to be satisfied at just finishing in the Champions League places.

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