Van Gaal targets trophies in first season at Man United

Tue May 20, 2014 8:42am EDT
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(Reuters) - Louis van Gaal wants to put Manchester United back top of the English game as soon as possible, he said after being confirmed as the Premier League club's manager on Monday.

”My ambition is to have them back top where they were in the years of (Sir Alex) Ferguson,” he told a talk show on Dutch RTL television just hours after the announcement of his three-year contract with United.

“They are hoping I can do it in my first season. I did it in Spain (with Barcelona) in my first season and I think I can do it in England too. I think it is a difficult task but a fantastic challenge.”

The 62-year-old Van Gaal said he was already in deep discussion over new signings for next season but refused to confirm he had been handed a considerable budget to strengthen the team after a disappointing season.

“I’ve haven’t talked to them (the club) about money, only over the players that I would like to have and those that may leave," he said.

"I’ve never been one to bother about transfer sums. That, the club can negotiate. I just want to know what is possible and what is not.”

Van Gaal also hinted at his frustrations over recent weeks as mass media speculation about his move to Old Trafford had to be met with unconvincing denials.

“It’s a process and I couldn’t tell what was happening. I found it frustrating because for several weeks I have had to peddle ‘no's’ when I am, in general, usually open-hearted,” he said.

The World Cup-bound coach, who last year announced his decision to quit the Dutch job after the tournament in Brazil, said the process of signing for Manchester United had been relatively quick.   Continued...

The Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal reacts during a news conference in Hoenderloo May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Michael Kooren