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Man Utd boss to watch Liverpool with 'fantastic wine'

Van Gaal will be celebrating if Chelsea beat Liverpool. Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal will watch Liverpool's match against Chelsea today with "a fantastic glass of wine" after opening up a seven point gap on Brendan Rodgers' side.

Saturday's hard fought victory at Crystal Palace ensured United will finish in a coveted top four position by securing just one more point from their last two games.

But the Red Devils could secure a Champions League spot without playing today if Chelsea beat Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking to the media after United's 1-2 win at Palace, he said:

I am very happy with the result and it brings us a step closer to our goal.

Now we will see [on Sunday], with a fantastic glass of wine, the result between Liverpool and Chelsea.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal: Man United should be level with Chelsea

United are finishing the season strongly under Van Gaal. Credit: PA

Man United only won three of their opening ten matches under Louis van Gaal, but they now need just six points from their final four games to achieve their goal of Champions League qualification.

The United boss has been happy with the team's progress - despite recent successive defeats - but he believes he could have been challenging for the title had it not been for their laboured start.

Speaking to the press today, Van Gaal said:

We started very badly this year. When you cut the start of it we shall equalise Chelsea.

Next year we will have a different squad. Not just us, but Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and all the other clubs who are battling for the first positions.

There is not a big gap I don't think. You can judge that when clubs are playing against each other.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal

Video: Man United manager reads out transfer list

Man United manager Louis van Gaal read out a transfer list prepared by one of the club's supporters during Monday's Manchester United Foundation Dream Day.

Supporters who suffer from life limiting illnesses watched the team train yesterday before meeting some of their heroes at the complex.

In a touching video, the cheeky fan handed Van Gaal a list of players he should buy this summer, claiming he had "prepared some homework" for the Dutch manager.

Van Gaal duly obliged and pocketed the piece of paper before signing the fan's replica shirt.

Van Gaal 'delighted' with Chris Smalling development

Louis van Gaal is delighted with Chris Smalling's development this season and described the defender as "an integral" part of his plans after he signed a new deal with the club.

Van Gaal is delighted with England man Chris Smalling. Credit: PA

The Man United boss said:

Chris has improved and developed immensely during the short time that I have been at the club and has become an integral part of the first team squad.

He always conducts himself in a very professional manner and it is also pleasing that he has scored some important goals this season too. I am delighted he has signed a new contract.

– Man United manager Louis van Gaal

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Van Gaal 'dreaming' of Man United win over Man City

Louis van Gaal is dreaming of recording his first Manchester derby win this weekend.

Will Van Gaal's side take all three points against City? Credit: PA

Dutchman Van Gaal lost in his first meeting with Manchester City last November when Sergio Aguero scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for the Blues.

That was Manchester United's fourth successive loss to their neighbours, and Van Gaal is determined to avoid another reverse on Sunday when Manuel Pellegrini's men come to Old Trafford.

"I dream of it, every player shall dream of the victory," the United boss said in a press conference at Carrington.

Ribery: Man United manager Van Gaal is 'a bad man'

Franck Ribery has described Man United manager Louis van Gaal as "a bad man" during their time together in Germany.

Ribery and Van Gaal during their time together at Bayern. Credit: PA

The French international looks back on his time with Van Gaal as a testing period, when he found it difficult connecting with the Dutch boss on a human level.

Speaking to Goal, Ribery confessed:

We had problems on a human basis. When he started, nobody knew what was going to happen. His idea was that he did not care about names at all, you don't need stars, everybody had to prove themselves again.

The first contact with him was already poisoned. As a professional you lose your trust. He does great things on the pitch but the coach Van Gaal was a bad man. Our relationship was crushed.

– Franck Ribery speaking to Goal

Van Gaal confident Manchester United can win Champions League "rat race"

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United are looking up the table Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal says Manchester United are aiming for second place in the Premier League after their 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The win moved United into third position and they will stay there if Manchester City lose at Crystal Palace on Monday.

The Dutchman's side are now also eight points ahead of Liverpool after their damaging back-to-back defeats at Old Trafford and at Arsenal, where they lost 4-1 on Saturday lunchtime.

We can look up in the table. The next match is for the second position or the third, I think.

It is still a rat race but we have given a blow to Liverpool, they lost again and so did Southampton so it's a big gap, but we have to play against the top three (around us).

– Louis van Gaal
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