Van Gaal: We want to be champions

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United’s main aim this season is still to be the champions according to Louis van Gaal.

United are on a run of just one win in five games but had been talked about as potential title contenders in the press when six wins on the bounce put them on the tails of Chelsea and Manchester City.

Injuries have hampered Van Gaal’s first season in charge ever since the opening game of the season but United now have an almost fully fit squad, with only Ashley Young and Robin van Persie set to miss Saturday’s match against QPR.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Van Gaal remained bullish on United’s aims this season: “I’m not busy with the relegation battle, I am not busy with that problem, I am looking up not looking down.

“Of course we want to be champion but we have to win matches like Southampton at home and Aston Villa away.”

United are massive outsiders to win the league this year but if Van Gaal has his players aiming for the top, that in itself is something which should drive them to perform better.

The recent away form of the team has been particularly worrying, with United winning just two games outside Old Trafford in the league all season. Even in the matches against Arsenal and Southampton, United could call themselves lucky to walk away with all three points on both occasions.

With QPR strong at home, Van Gaal will need his players to be much sharper than last weekend if they are to return to winning ways for the first time since Boxing Day.

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