Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has outlined his objective in the Premier League this season.
The Dutchman has been speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s league game against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have yet to win a competitive match under the 63-year-old, but the former Netherlands national team boss claims that they have to finish in the top three this term.
Van Gaal: "We've spoken about targets. A club like Manchester United has to set targets and I think within the top three is logical."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2014
It will be interesting to note that Van Gaal is speaking about a top-three finish – not a top four finish. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the side ending up fourth in the Premier League is not guaranteed a place in the Champions League group stage.
Van Gaal has also expressed his satisfaction with the club’s summer signings. No fewer than six players have been recruited and drafted into the first team, including Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria and Daley Blind (Vanja Milinkovic has been loaned back to FK Vojvodina)
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach believes that the new signings will be important in United’s quest to finish in the top three, but insists that they need to start winning rightaway, starting on Sunday.
Van Gaal: "The fans shall expect a new start, of course, but we have to build up a new hierarchy and that always needs time."— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 12, 2014