Young: Van Gaal’ s aur a a perf ect boo st f or Unit ed

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MANCH­ESTER — M anchester U nited’s Ash­ley Young be­lieves the club can start to look beyond the top four spot they now oc­cupy such is the con­fi­dence man­ager Louis van Gaal has in­stilled in the side.

For the first time this sea­son, United are among the Premier League’s Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­ca­tion plac es.

Last S atur­day’s 2­ 1 win at Ar senal means United ha ve now los t jus t one of their last seven games fol­low­ing the club’s worst start to a sea­son since 1986.

United will be warm favourites to ex­tend that run against out­of­sorts Hull City, who are just one place above the rel­e­ga­tion zone, at Old Traf­ford to­day.

For Van Gaal, the short­term tar­get is to make sure his team stays in the top four to bring Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball back to United at the fir st time of ask­ing un­der the Dut chman.

But Young said there was no rea­son why United should not aim higher still, even though un­beat en league leader s Chelsea are a mas sive 13 points ahead of them at the t op of the t able.

“I think the manag er has said w e want to break that top four,” Young said.

“But you know pla yers and s taff at the club, we want to win the league ti­tle,” the Eng­land wing er added.

“I think he [Van Gaal] has got that aura. You know he has got that pres­ence out on the tr ain­ing gr ound and the train­ing pitch. He be­lieves in peo­ple, he gives you that belief and he is an hon­est man and he jus t wants ev­ery­one to go out ther e and do w ell,” Y oung e xplained.

“The man­ager wants to achieve mas­sive things, he wants the club to get back to win­ning ti­tles and we are no dif­fer­ent to that. Y ou kno w the pla yers ha ve bought into that phi­los­o­phy since pre­sea­son and that is e xactly what ev­ery­one is do­ing .

“We are all pulling in the right di­rec­tion, pulling in the same di­rec­tion and every­body is lead­ing that charge up the league.”

United de­fender Jonny Evans c ould re­turn against Hull aft er be­ing out of ac­tion since Septem­ber with a foot in­jury as Van Gaal’s in­jury wor­ries start to ease.

Mar­cos Rojo has re­turned to train­ing fol­low­ing a dis­lo­cat ed shoul­der , although he may not be ready to face Hull. Striker R adamel Fal­cao c ould also be given longer to full y r egain match fit­ness after miss­ing four games with a calf prob­lem.

Hull are with­out a win in their las t five mat ches and ha ve los t their las t three.

The g ood ne ws f or manag er S teve Bruce, a for­mer United cap­tain, is that sev­eral key play­ers are back from in­jury.

Mid­fielder Mo­hamed Di­ame, striker Ni­kica Jelavic, de­fender Michael D awson and goal­keeper Al­lan McGregor are all fit t o pla y.

— S apa­AFP.

PHOTO: REUTERS

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