After Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal was criticized and blamed for the Club’s bland form, he made a disappointing statement that Manchester United aren’t capable of winning the Champions League this season.
The Old Trafford club is just one win away from the knockout stage of Europe’s top club competition. They will now face Wolfsburg in a mid-week away clash. Van Gaal’s side “slumped to their fifth scoreless draw over their past nine matches on Saturday”, quotes ESPN FC.
He insists that the current Manchester United form won’t make them Tournament champions. “I don’t think that we are able to win the Champions League now,” Van Gaal said on Saturday. “Maybe next year when we strengthen our selection again. But now we have to come as much as possible and maybe we can beat everyone, that I am sure.
“And we have proven that already, also in the Premier League. But normally we are not good enough to win the Champions League. You can win, and when we are there we shall try to do everything but you also have to be realistic. I’m happy with my squad now but we can strengthen the selection still in [certain] positions, for example the left-back position is not so [well] covered.”
Van Gaal fell short of being entirely pessimistic about his own team, notes sources. Manchester United have some unfinished business in Germany and it would be tough for the Bundesliga side to defeat the United attack.
“Yes, yes we can win,” said Van Gaal. “Because we have also won at home [against Wolfsburg]. It was also a difficult match. But I also know that Wolfsburg shall not attack too much because with a draw, they continue and we are dependent on PSV.
“Every match, we have chances and, in our European matches, we have created more chances than in the Premier League matches, I believe. We have to score in Wolfsburg.
”We have to play against a very good team. I am convinced we can do it but we do not have any luck. Also, we have to be more composed in that situation — especially when you miss chances three meters in front of goal.”