Van Gaal realistic about United’s European chances

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that his side are not currently good enough to win the Champions League.

The Red Devils are in a rebuilding process and have been since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, with the Dutchman charged with bringing the glory days back to Old Trafford.

United are currently in the Premier League title mix, but are not assured of a knockout spot in the Champions League as yet.

Van Gaal’s men will face Wolfsburg in Germany in midweek, with victory over the Bundesliga outfit necessary to see the English side qualify from their pool.

Despite this, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has admitted that his side are not aiming for glory in Europe this season, but potentially could be in the running in 2016-17.

“I don’t think that we are able to win the Champions League now,” Van Gaal is quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

“Maybe next year when we strengthen our selection again.

“But now we have to come as much as possible and maybe we can beat ­everyone, that I am sure. And we have proven that already, also in the Premier League. But normally we are not good enough to win the Champions League.”

United have not overly inspired their fans in recent weeks, with drab attacking play leading to frustration and dropped points domestically and on the continent.