Leicester are serious Premier League title contenders, according to Louis van Gaal (LVG).
According to BBC Sport, the Foxes, who finished 14th last season, are top of the table, one point ahead of second-place United.
They meet on Saturday (17:30 GMT) and when asked if Claudio Ranieri’s team could win the league, Van Gaal said: “It is possible, I think.”
Van Gaal called Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, the league’s 13-goal top scorer, a “nasty” player to face.
The England international, 28, has equalled former United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 successive Premier League games, and could break it on Saturday.
“He was already a very nasty player for us last year,” Van Gaal said of Vardy.
“He scores, he provoked a penalty, now scoring 10 goals in a row, he is a great player. I only know Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that.”
Foxes boss Ranieri called Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger “a joker” for suggesting that Leicester were title contenders, but Van Gaal thinks they can sustain their form.
“Normally these kind of clubs can compete for long time, then at the end it becomes more difficult,” he said, before Saturday’s game at the King Power Stadium.
“But in England because of the quality of the teams, because every team has the money to buy players – and they have bought players – the difference in the Premier League between the clubs is not so high.”
LVG has been eulogizing other teams in the Premier League of late. His team Man United are also contenders – just like the other three teams from no. 1-4 at the top of the Premier League table.
I believe that he should concentrate on making sure that the red devils win this year’s Premier League.
Van Gaal is at liberty to praise teams other than his and my own but we’re meeting Leicester today (Saturday) and he’d better make sure we win so we can go top of the table – instead of saying that Leicester deserve to be at the top. That brings me to the question: on whose side is Van Gaal on?
Injury Update Ahead of Leicester v Man United
Louis van Gaal has told MUTV that Ander Herrera and Phil Jones (photo below: L-R) are still unavailable for selection ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Leicester City in the Barclays Premier League.
Herrera suffered a hamstring injury during the first half of last weekend’s 2-1 victory at Watford before Jones was also forced off with an ankle problem at Vicarage Road. As a result, both players missed Wednesday’s goalless draw with PSV Eindhoven in the UEFA Champions League.
During his weekly interview with MUTV at the Aon Training Complex on Friday, van Gaal was asked if any of the players picked up injuries during the midweek match at Old Trafford: “It’s too early to say something about that but it was a very intense game,” he explained. “I cannot say too much about that.”
Up Man U!