Manchester United will not win title in Van Gaal's first season, say Goal readers

The majority of those who voted in our poll have backed the 2013 Premier League champions to qualify for the Champions League, with 3.6 per cent not expecting any improvements


Manchester United will not win the Premier League title in Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge, according to Goal readers.

The Netherlands coach will take control at Old Trafford following his commitments at the World Cup, and wasted no time outlining his big ambitions for the club following the official announcement on Monday.

Van Gaal has won a number of titles already in his career – with success at Ajax, AZ, Barcelona and Bayern Munich – but just 24.1 per cent of voters have backed him to guide United to league success in 12 months’ time.

The best the 62-year-old can hope for is a return to the Champions League, with 48.5% of those polled backing the club to finish in the top four.

United missed out on European qualification this season – the first time they have achieved that undesirable feat in 25 years – and 19.5% of our readers believe they will clinch a place in the Europa League come the end of next term.

A seventh-placed finish under David Moyes marked United’s worst-ever finish in the Premier League, and 3.6% feel the club will not improve upon that – possibly dropping as low as 10th.

Finally, 4.2% of voters have backed United to drop into the bottom half of the table as Van Gaal suffers an even more torrid time than Moyes.

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