Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said after the 3-2 away to Southampton that his team will compete for the Premier League title this season.
Anthony Martial scored twice in the win over Southampton on Sunday, in what van Gaal called “a statement win.” United sits in second place with 13 points, two behind crosstown rivals Manchester City.
“It’s a fantastic result away at Southampton and I think we have made a statement that we shall compete for the title,” van Gaal told manutd.com after the game.
“What I am saying all the time is that we have to improve. We have to improve our team and when we improve our team, last season we were fourth so maybe we can be third now. But last year we were close enough to be the champions. I have said that we were very close last year. When you remember the match against Chelsea away, it was very close but we did not score at the time. Scoring is the most important thing, you have seen that today, Southampton could have scored 2-0 in the first 15 minutes but they didn’t do it and then we scored. We were the better team after that.”
Although van Gaal still claims that United is a team in transition, with the good start to the season, a title challenge isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
“Of course we shall always strive for it,” van Gaal said. “We did that also last year. You cannot expect a title from a team in transition, but when we are close we shall grab it!”