Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted that his side are not out of the Premier League title race.
Man United had been in awful form in recent months but they put in one of their best displays of the season in the 3-0 win against Stoke City last time out.
Van Gaal’s side, currently fifth in the Premier League table, take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and the veteran Dutchman believes United will be back in the title race if they win.
“I feel that if we beat Chelsea – and that is not simple it is very difficult as they don’t lose anymore with Guus Hiddink – then I think our competition and our league shall start again and that is very important,” van Gaal said.
“Michael Carrick said that to me today and I had the same feeling: the competition is still not finished. It is not finished for Manchester United and not for the other teams.”
It has been an unpredictable season in the league, to say the least – Leicester City are top, after all – and the fact that there is no clear front-runner for the title will give United heart.
However, van Gaal’s side have been awful for the majority of the campaign and there has been little to suggest that they can go all the way. A win against Chelsea would certainly be a step in the right direction.