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