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Video - Van Gaal admits top four finish is not enough for Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal is smiling again at Man Utd
Van Gaal is smiling again at Man Utd

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has urged his players to believe they will secure a top four finish in the Premier League, but he admits that is not good enough for the Old Trafford giants.

Van Gaal has been accused by his detractors of promoting the idea that a top four finish and Champions League qualification should be hailed as a success for the club that has been used to winning trophies over the last two decades.

Yet the Dutchman has moved to clarify that stance, as he was asked about the prospect of United taking part in a breakaway European Super League that could produce a guaranteed revenue stream if it became reality. 

"Everybody knows, when you follow my career, that I am against all the super leagues (proposals)," he said.

"Sport is to be the best and also when the Champions League was (expanding), I said it was rubbish because now the second, third and fourth team is also playing.

"It has to be between champions in my opinion. I said that 20 years ago and I say it now again. I think sport is to win, not to be second or third."

“I think everybody wants to win but they cannot always win. It is why this league is popular in the world.

“It is still our aim is to be in the top four, but we also have an aim to win a title, the Europa League. United have never won it.

“A title is always better than top four but the Champions League is our aim.”

Van Gaal also gave an update on his injured players in press briefing ahead of Sunday's game against West Bromwich Albion: