Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has sent a defiant message to the rest of the Premier League: they can win the title.
Following the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday, the Dutchman told his players: ‘We are not playing well but we are fourth in the table – so what will happen when we do play well?’
Van Gaal says he has told his players: "We are not playing well but we are fourth in the table – so what will happen when we do play well?"— Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 5, 2014
Some may sneer at Van Gaal’s comments and label them ‘arrogant, but a quick look at the Premier League table would suggest that they can win the title.
After seven rounds of matches, United find themselves fourth in the standings with 11 points, eight points behind league leaders Chelsea.
But United are only three points behind second-placed Manchester City, while Arsenal and Liverpool are a point behind them.
United have struggled defensively and have not played well, their stunning collapse against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium last month will still be haunting the players and the fans.
Against Everton on Sunday, the Manchester outfit did not give the best of performances and had goalkeeper David de Gea to thank for his string of saves for the 2-1 win.
But United still picked up the three points, and that is crucial. They will only improve with time and become more efficient. Over half a dozen players are injured, including star midfielder Ander Herrera.
Once those players are back to full fitness and Van Gaal sorts out the defensive problem, there is every possibility that United will be challenging for the title.