Speaking at a fan event ahead of their match against Liverpool on Saturday, the 63-year-old revealed that he expects the team to finish in second or third this season. He did, however, add that the Red Devils should be competitive in the Cup competitions.
The Dutchman also reiterated that Ryan Giggs will be following him as manager of the side when he retires after the next campaign. The Welshman took charge until the end of the season when David Moyes was sacked, and has since been van Gaal’s number two.
Wayne Rooney also came in for praise, being described as the best captain the former Barcelona boss has ever worked with, and one of the top five players he has ever managed. The 29-year-old is yet to score in the Premier League this season, but netted in both of England’s recent matches to break the all-time goalscoring record. This could spur him on in domestic competitions.