Manchester United have a “realistic” chance of winning the Champions League by the time his contract ends in 2017, claims manager Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal has cast some doubt on his retirement date – though he has promised his wife that they will retire to Portugal – but his target is to win silverware with United in the next two seasons.
The Dutchman won the Champions League with Ajax in 1995 and reached the final with Bayern Munich in 2010, while United stumbled at the final stage in both 2009 and 2011.
“Reaching the final is also an aim and winning the final, you need a little bit of luck,” said Van Gaal.
“It is not only quality [but luck, too], and I think Manchester United knows and remembers that fantastically when they won the Champions League in 1999.
“When you reach the final, it is fantastic but in the media it is nothing. For me as a manager, when you reach the final, you have done fantastically and to win the final, of course, all the honours are going to your team and yourself but I know better.”
When asked if this United side can improve enough to win the competition by 2017, he said: “I hope so. That is realistic.
Why does he believe that? “Because I did it everywhere.”