Manchester United’s lack of experience cost us the title, says Louis van Gaal
- Louis van Gaal has claimed that Manchester United were never in title race
- Dutchman says lack of experience meant his team were not contenders
- Red Devils sit fifth in the Premier League, 17 points off leaders Leicester
- United host the Foxes at Old Trafford on Sunday in a potential title decider
- If the visitors win they will complete the most remarkable of triumphs
Louis van Gaal admits a lack of title-winning experience saw Manchester United fall short in the title race as they bid to ‘postpone’ Leicester City’s party.
Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes will be crowned Premier League champions with victory at Old Trafford on Sunday in one of the greatest footballing stories ever told.
Van Gaal knows Leicester will top the lot next month, claiming he was the first to suggest they could clinch the league.
Louis van Gaal has said Manchester United were never in the title race owing to a lack of experience
United currently sit fifth in the Premier League, 17 points behind leaders Leicester who they face on Sunday
Van Gaal said that the players currently representing his club are not used to being champions
Louis van Gaal said his squad were not in the title race because they do not know what it takes to be Premier League champions, but seven members have won the division.
They are: Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, David de Gea, Chris Smalling, Ashley Youngand Antonio Valencia.
But the Dutchman was aware United could not challenge for the title given a lack of winners in his squad – even though a number have Premier League silverware to their names.
Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, David de Gea and Ashley Young have all won the English league while Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind have been champions abroad.
‘We have to beat them because we are still in the [top four] race. We cannot allow them to be champions this weekend at Old Trafford,’ Van Gaal said. ‘They shall be champions a week later. We don’t spoil the party, only postpone it a little bit.
‘The players we are now playing are not used to being champions. I don’t think [Matteo] Darmian is used to it – De Gea was never a champion.’
The Dutchman says his young squad, including Anthony Martial, lacked the experience to be in the title race
Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are members of Van Gaal’s squad to know what it’s like to win the league
Van Gaal said: ‘You have to see the situation where the club is. We have seen that we are in a transition period’
MANCHESTER UTD’S RUN-IN
May 1: Leicester (h)
May 7: Norwich (a)
May 10: West Ham (a)
May 15: Bounemouth (h)
De Gea won it in 2013 and Van Gaal added: ‘I don’t agree with the way you made the question. Rooney, Carrick have been champions once, maybe more than once.
‘You have to see the situation where the club is. We have seen that we are in a transition period. When I was mentioned as the coach it was also about that.
‘When I took over we had five or six players above 32/33 – you have to buy other players. There were not too many young players. It is a process of transition.
‘Now we are fighting for the Champions League and still in the FA Cup. We have to fight for something and we shall do it. Hopefully we can beat Leicester City.’
Van Gaal was also adamant he is integral to their planning for next season. He added: ‘I’m involved. It’s logical because I’m the manager.’
The Dutchman was adamant he is a key part of United’s setup for next season despite rumours to the contrary
Van Gaal will be hoping to delay Leicester’s title party by beating the Foxes at Old Trafford on Sunday
Leicester will win the Premier League title and cap an extraordinary season if they can beat the Red Devils
Source: Daily Mail