Louis van Gaal has overseen a largely disappointing season at Manchester United and he seems to have conveniently changed his end-of-season aims as a result, if his comments on Thursday are anything to go by.
Ahead of Man United’s FA Cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday, van Gaal insisted that he is happy to be in the hunt for silverware and a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League.
However, at the start of the campaign, van Gaal claimed that he wouldn’t be pleased if United finished fourth two seasons in a row.
Van Gaal said on Thursday: ”We are in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and are in the race for the fourth position and that was our aim!”
At the start of the season, he claimed: ”My first season at the club was a step forward because we finished fourth and returned to European football. The aim always has to be to improve. None of us will be happy to finish in the fourth position every year, so we must continue to get better.”
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It goes to show just how far United’s standards have fallen during van Gaal’s time in charge of the club.
Once regarded as a powerhouse of European football and a regular challenger for the league title, United have been reduced to clinging on in the race to finish in the top four. It’s a sad state of affairs and one that will likely end with van Gaal’s exit from the club in the summer.