Video - Van Gaal refuses to give up on Man Utd title hopes
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes his side are equipped to mount a challenge for the Premier League title ahead of Sunday's trip to Chelsea.
An upbeat Van Gaal spoke to the media following his side's much improved display in their 3-0 win against Stoke on Tuesday, as he suggested a push for top spot was not out of the question as the look to make progress from the fifth position they currently occupy.
United are 10 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester but Van Gaal claims the gap is not insurmountable.
"I have the feeling that when we shall beat Chelsea - and that is not simple, that is very difficult, since Guus Hiddink has been there they don't lose any more - I think our competition, our league is starting again," he stated.
"The competition is not yet finished, not for Manchester United or the other teams.
"We have the feeling, and that's because we are winning twice in a row and with sparkling football - with goals and clean sheets, against opponents who were in great form. Stoke City played Liverpool off the pitch in the Capital One Cup but they lost on penalties."
Meanwhile, Van Gaal has offered a positive update on the fitness of Luke Shaw, after a report on sundayworld.com on Monday suggested he could be fit to return as early as next month from his horrific leg break.
Shaw has been included in United's Europa League squad and Van Gaal offered this view of his full-back's comeback targets.
"He can play the final," he added. "That I have said to him. That is a goal that he has to live for. It is possible, not impossible in my opinion."