Is this the first sign that Van Gaal feels threatened by Tottenham?

Louis Van Gaal

The Manchester United boss has been discussing Tottenham and Leicester.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has shown his first sign that he might be feeling threatened by Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, according to ESPN.

Indeed, the 64-year-old has questioned whether the Tottenham and Leicester players can cope with being at the top end of the Premier League table.

And it certainly sounds like an attempt at mind games by the United head coach...

The Dutchman is quoted as saying: "Is it possible? Why not? Maybe their players can cope but that you do not know and that is a question that both Leicester and Tottenham must answer.

"It doesn't say anything about the personalities in these teams. I don't know them so I cannot judge. But there shall come a moment when they have to win. At the moment, everything is OK and nice. But the manager has spoken about being champion, so now it shall play in their heads. But a lot of players can cope with that."

In true Van Gaal style, it's difficult to decipher what the Dutchman is actually saying, while he most likely took a while to say it...

But the Manchester United boss definitely sounds like he's already trying to employ mind games. It's ambitious - seeing as United aren't actually in the title race.

Perhaps Van Gaal hopes his side can end the season strongly while Spurs and Leicester collapse...

At this moment in time, however, it's United fans who should be more worried about their squad's mentality rather than Tottenham or Leicester supporters.

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