The Dutchman’s comments came after Man United failed to ensure their place in the knockout stages of Europe’s elite competition thanks to a goalless draw against PSV.
United now need to win away at Wolfsburg, the best side in the group, in order to ensure qualification to the last 16. Van Gaal, however, insisted United can progress to the next round, saying that his side can win anywhere.
“We are still second and are still in the qualifying position,” he said.
“We have to win in Wolfsburg and that’s a difficult game, but everything is possible, it is never impossible. We won at home against them, so why can’t we win away? We can win everywhere. We prove it this year. Also in the Premier League, our average in away matches is much higher than last year. And we have to do that also in the Champions League.”
With United’s away form under van Gaal poor, picking up a win away to group leaders Wolfsburg – who have already blown away both CSKA Moscow and PSV at home – looks worryingly unlikely.
Seeing United drop out of the Champions League at the first hurdle would be crushing, especially after spending the entirety of last year striving towards restoring European status. The trip to Germany will be a defining moment in United’s season.