Louis van Gaal has said that he expects Manchester United to hit the former heights in 2015.
The Dutchman watched his team only get a 0-0 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. This was the final match of 2014 and one that allowed United’s rivals like Arsenal and Liverpool to close the gap on the top four. Despite this draw, Van Gaal says that he can be very happy with the way his team have improved over the last few months. After struggling with consistency in the first few months of Van Gaal’s regime, United are up into the top three going into 2015.
Even though the trail leaders by more than 10 points, Van Gaal says that he will not give up on the title unless it is mathematically impossible to win it. This has also been the opinion of many United players like van Persie, who has been in great form in the last few matches. Van Gaal was highly critical of the Premier League’s decision to give three matches in the space of a week during Christmas. He says that it has not provided his team with enough recovery time and this was one of the reasons for their poor second half performance against Tottenham.
“We are improving every week. Of course we will get better in 2015 so watch. Next season it will be a true Louis Van Gaal team.When you can’t win these type of matches when you’re the better team, it’s very difficult to be the champion at the end of the season.When you don’t reward yourself, normally the opponent wins. In the second half it wasn’t football anymore. It was a struggle for life. You also need a little fortune,” said Van Gaal after the draw with Tottenham just two days after the match on Boxing Day.