Jaap Stam believes Manchester United can win the Premier League next season under the guidance of Louis van Gaal.
Man United achieved their aim of a top four finish this season but they will be expected to do much more next time around.
The club have been linked with moves for a number of players including Paul Pogba, Gareth Bale, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan.
Stam insisted United are capable of success next season if they beef up the squad with a few quality additions.
Speaking about next term, Stam said: ”Louis van Gaal is a great builder of a team; he’s proven that in Munich and Barcelona. He knows what to do, he’s got his own thing that he wants to do, he keeps following that and that’s why he’s had success. In terms of next season, if he can bring in a couple of new players and carry on working with the youngsters, telling them what to do and showing them videos, he’s going to win the league I think. Hopefully next season.
“He’s a manager with a lot of qualities and a great temperament; he’s done well at Barcelona, Bayern and the national team, so everyone in both England and Holland is expecting a lot of him. Everyone wants him to do well at United and to win trophies again.
“Maybe United need to defend a bit better to win the title. Chelsea didn’t play the most attacking football, but they got results, and I think that’s what you need as a team and a manager. It’s good for the team and the players if you’re getting results and winning the league, so if they keep playing attacking football and don’t concede as many goals, eventually you’ll get results and win the league as well.”
United certainly aren’t a million miles away and should be more than capable of making next season a memorable one if they fix the imbalances in their squad.
The club will need to make decisions about the future of a number of players such as Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria and Robin van Persie. Meanwhile, the likes of Pogba and Bale would go a long way to making them a force once again.