Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is aiming to postpone Leicester City‘s title celebration for at least one week.
Van Gaal said that only Bastian Schweinsteiger and Luke Shaw are out while Adnan Januzaj is still recovering from injury.
The Dutchman wants to deny the current leaders to become Premier League champions at Old Trafford in order to keep his side’s hopes to reach a top 4 spot.
- We have to close the gap so the pressure is on us still. (Manchester) City still have to play against Arsenal.
- I think we have to beat Leicester because we are still in the race for the first positions so we have to beat them.
- We cannot allow that they are the champions this weekend at Old Trafford.
- “I think they shall be the champion a week later, so we don’t spoil the party, just postpone it a little bit.
- I was the first to say Leicester could be the Champions. For me it isn’t any surprise.
- They haven’t played so many matches and have had the conditions to play the same players.
Van Gaal also praised Leicester City‘s manager Claudio Ranieri:
- “It was never easy to beat his teams. He has always organized them very well.
- It is good for the Premier League and the sport of football that not always the same teams are the champion.”
Louis van Gaal‘s aims are very clear which are a top 4 finish and an FA Cup trophy by the end of the current season:
- “We can still qualify for the Champions League and we are still in the FA Cup, so we have to fight and we shall do it.
- Hopefully, we can beat Leicester City.
- The players we are using isn’t used to being a champion. Darmian and De Gea were never a champion.
- You have to see always the situation where the club is, we are in a transition period.
- When I arrived we had 5 players over 30. We had to sell and then buy.”
When asked about his involvement in the team’s future he said: “Of course I am involved, because I am the manager.”