Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is confident that the Red Devils can beat Chelsea and Manchester City to the Premier League title, Daily Star reports.
Van Gaal was given the task to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League, however the Dutch manager insists the club can end the season as champions.
Despite being 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, the former Bayern Munich gaffer believes being top at Christmas means nothing if you don’t finish there at the end of the campaign.
“In the Netherlands and also in Germany you have the Christmas champions,” he said.
“But that doesn’t count at the end of May – then you have to be first.
“In Holland and Germany we have a Christmas champion – PSV and Bayern Munich are the Christmas champions.
“It’s better to be the Christmas champions, then the possibility you shall be next champion is bigger – but not certain.
“But the best achievement is champion (overall) because our goal is still to be champions at the end of the season.
“That’s also the best result. We are looking in a football world where No. 1 is the most important thing.
“Our goal is to be first. It’s not always so easy, you can see that.
“That’s why the board have said that our goal is within the first four places but still, with my players and all the staff, we are trying to achieve more than they expect from us.”
The Red Devils will hope to gain all three points when Newcastle United visit Old Trafford on Boxing Day.