Louis van Gaal is well aware Manchester United are mathematically still in with a chance of catching Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.
Man United are now eight points behind Chelsea who also have a game in hand but still have to play the London club plus Arsenal and Manchester City between now and the end of the season.
If Chelsea were indomitable in their performances then their name would already be on the trophy but as has been the case this year, any team is culpable to making mistakes, especially in the pressure boiler situation of the season’s run-in.
“We can win the title, yes, mathematically we can do that,” Van Gaal said at his pre-match press conference this week.
“We have to play against the first three still, so a lot can happen.”
Until it is mathematically ruled out, United should be focusing on a title charge. Why not? Van Gaal will always be looking up so keeping an eye on Chelsea makes perfect sense.
That being said, it’s highly unlikely United will finish anything higher than second but looking at current form, it’s clear van Gaal’s side will be going into this weekend very confident.
“When we had 13 points out of 10 matches, there was a lot of criticism and I said we shall fight for the prizes at the end of the season,” van Gaal added.
“It is like that. Also Tottenham and Liverpool are still in it but of course we have given them a blow [with recent victories over them].”
Finishing in the top four is the goal this season but aiming for the Premier League title is what United should always be doing. Regardless of if they fail to win it, it’s a sign of how much we’ve improved under van Gaal that we can even entertain the loose prospect of winning the league.