Louis van Gaal appointed Manchester United manager: Owen Hargreaves believes United can win the Premier League under Van Gaal if they have a 'great summer' in the transfer window
Hargreaves believes Van Gaal is the man that can lead United back to the top of the Premier League if the club pres on with their recruitment plans
Tuesday 20 May 2014
Former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes new manager Louis van Gaal is capable of winning the title in his first season at Old Trafford.
Holland coach Van Gaal, who will take charge at United after this summer's World Cup, has already spoken of his desire to reclaim the Barclays Premier League crown for the club.
Hargreaves accepts a squad that finished seventh last season does need to be rebuilt but the ex-England international is convinced Van Gaal is up to the task.
Read more: 'Together we'll make history'. says Van Gaal
Van Gaal targets return to the top of the Premier League
Mourinho gives his approval over Van Haal appointment
Hargreaves, 33, whose four years at United from 2007-11 were ravaged by injury, told BT Sport: "If they can get the players necessary I don't doubt that Van Gaal could even lead them to the title. But they need to have a great summer.
"I doubt anything less than minimum Champions League (qualification) and even potentially competing for the title would be sufficient for him. I can't imagine him coming there to finish fourth.
"He has been so successful everywhere he's been, so I don't think they could have had a better option at this point.
"His sides play good football, they try and dominate possession and wait for that opening and I think United fans will be excited."
One of Van Gaal's first acts has been to appoint Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager, a move Hargreaves thinks could prove a shrewd one.
Hargreaves said: "Nobody knows Manchester United better than Ryan Giggs.
Read more: Van Gaal set to name RVP as captain
Who is Louis van Gaal?
Woodward promises United will spend in the summer
"He is arguably the greatest player ever to play for the club and still commands the respect of the current players and has that connection to the fans.
"To have Giggsy, with his knowledge of playing at Manchester United, learning under one of the most well-prepared coaches in the modern game - it's just a perfect combo."
Latest in Sport
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao live: Mayweather puts on defensive masterclass to win by unanimous decision
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin on Sky Sports Box Office?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does the fight start and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Only 132 pubs in the United Kingdom will show the fight - so where can you watch it?
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 4 Floyd Mayweather's mouthguard costs $25,000 - enough to fly to Las Vegas and back 18 times
- 5 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns