Manchester United's Van Gaal Plan: Conquer Champions League by 2017

The comments could invite ridicule considering how Manchester United performed during the last English Premier League season under David Moyes and started this season under Louis Van Gaal.

updated: August 30, 2014 13:44 IST
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Van Gaal is used to making bad starts at club level. Van Gaal's Barcelona were 10th after 14 games of the 1998-99 season but still won the league.


Manchester: Reeling from arguably the most humiliating loss in the club's illustrious history, the prospect of Manchester United being European champions by 2017 seems far-fetched.

Yet that is the target new manager Louis van Gaal has set the team as part of an ambitious three-year plan.

"I hope we are in the top four this season - it suits a club like Man United," Van Gaal said Friday, "and then maybe the next step is to be (English) champions and then the next step is to be the winners of the Champions League."

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