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Louis Van Gaal aims to fight for the English Premier League in the new year

934   //    01 Jan 2016, 19:31 IST
Van Gaal acknowledged the support of the fans in such difficult times

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal believes that 2015 was a good year for him barring the month of December. The Red Devils failed to register a single victory in the last month of the year and also bowed out of the UEFA Champions League.

The pressure on LVG’s job has been immense from the past few weeks as United have failed to gain all three points in the last six Premier League matches they have played. However, the Dutchman is confident that his team can mount a serious title challenge and will be a force to reckon with in the new year.

"We need to win because we want to be at the end (of the season) in the top of the league, and not the middle of the league," the United manager said.

The Manchester-based club is currently enduring one of their worse seasons and the results have been hard to come by. However, the performance against Chelsea was something which can help them in getting back to Premier League title race. Talking about how valiantly the players played against Chelsea, the former Bayern manager said, "We have played many, many matches like that.

"The way we've played this season, we're more or less always the dominant team.

"We are more or less always pressing. I say we have more shots at goal in the first 45 minutes, but we are playing, certainly at home, many matches like that. We didn’t score and that is our problem. Our problem is not dominating the game, it is scoring the goal. Goals are the most important thing.

"I was surprised [we didn’t score against Chelsea] because of the big pressure. The way we played, under that pressure and in the style we want to play, was fantastic."

Bowing out of Champions league was a big blow for us: Van Gaal

The 64-year-old further added that 2015 has been a good year for him and winning or losing is part and parcel of the game. He also acknowledged the backing of the United fans who have always stood by their team, both in good and bad times. 

"I have had bad periods at all my clubs and I have to say the best fans are here at Manchester United because in such a difficult period they were applauding about the performance of the players and that's fantastic,” he said.

"We have fulfilled the wish and our aim in the first season that ended halfway through 2015. After that we have managed to give balance to the team and that resulted in October and November in us being first in the Premier League.

"Then we are out of the Champions League and that gives us a big blow, and we are still in that period, so when you don't assess December, it was a very good year."

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