Belfast Telegraph

Louis still clings to his title dream

By Paul Hirst

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal feels his side can still win the title this season.

Van Gaal feels United played some "sparkling football" in the midweek win over Stoke and another victory at Chelsea tomorrow would reignite their campaign.

His comments come less than a fortnight after a loss to Southampton that saw United and Van Gaal booed at home and intensified speculation over his future.

But United got back to winning ways with victory at Derby in the FA Cup and then switched to a more attacking style to brush Stoke aside 3-0. They are still 10 points behind league leaders Leicester but Van Gaal claims the gap is not insurmountable.

He said: "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. That is very important.

"The competition is not yet finished, not for Manchester United or the other teams."

Van Gaal is also hopeful of taking his side to the Europa League final, if his comments on left-back Luke Shaw are anything to go by.

Shaw suffered a double leg break in the Champions League game at PSV Eindhoven in September but has been included in United's squad for the Europa League in the second half of the season.

Van Gaal said: "He can play the final. That I have said to him. That is a goal that he has to live for. It is possible, not impossible in my opinion."

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