van Gaal: “Next year we shall be prepared”

van Gaal: “Next year we shall be prepared”

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Van Gaal and Mourinho hugs in Old Trafford in October 2014 © Francesca Ceciarini

Louis van Gaal has praised Chelsea for the consistency that has brought them to within one win of the Premiership title but warned that his Manchester United side will improve next season.

Speaking ahead of the weekend’s football, van Gaal accepted his side haven’t been good enough to keep up with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea and described his former understudy’s team as being “far superior.”

The Dutchman is quoted by the BBC as saying:

“This year we have not challenged Chelsea but we are very close to second position. Chelsea are far above the other clubs. Next year it can be different. Next year we shall be better prepared.”

Manchester United are currently fifteen points behind Chelsea and are in a battle to finish in the top four and thus qualifying once again for the Champions League. At no point this season have the Red Devils appeared likely to challenge Chelsea for the title but have played well in recent weeks.

They have recorded victories over Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as only going down 1-0 away at the soon-to-be champions of England in a spirited performance a fortnight ago, raising hopes that next season could the one where they return to the glory days of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Whether or not they do will depend on how they strengthen an already talented but unbalanced squad; the beginning of the summer transfer window will no doubt be the first struggle between Chelsea and Manchester United with both clubs linked to more or less the same players.