The Dutchman is very confident of taking United back into Europe's elite competition.
They say pride comes before a fall - but that hasn't ever stopped Louis van Gaal in the past.
A bold, confident manager, Van Gaal is an authoritarian. And he usually gets his way.
Since becoming Manchester United manager, the Dutchman has found things tougher, although he still managed to talk his superiors into spending over £100 million this summer.
And his situation at Old Trafford isn't fazing him. As United slowly gather more and more momentum, Van Gaal is adamant he will take them back to the Champions League eventually.
"I didn't have to come here to Manchester United,” he told reporters. “They asked me. And I will take United back into the Champions League yes but not at once.
"There is a trajectory and a process of three years. I have signed a three-year contract. Believe me, I shall finish that.
"At the time I was coming to the club, big leaders were leaving - [Patrice] Evra, [Nemanja] Vidic, [Rio] Ferdinand. They were big leaders.
"Also, leadership is a process - you don't go from one day to the next and become a leader.
"It's a process and now a lot of players are in that process."