Van Gaal is preaching the truth. The Dutchman has said United must improve if they’re to win the champions league or any silverware this term.
United currently top the EPL table, thanks to a 3-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday, but suffered a 2-1 defeat against PSV upon their return to the elite competition.
Van Gaal says it is realistic for United to aim for the finals of the champions league, but wants the club to improve.
“In the Champions League you need to win all your home matches, otherwise it’ll be very difficult. The important thing is we win,” he said of Wolfsburg’s visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday.
“We’ve improved that when you compare with the team of last year. We still need time to improve. We have to improve to win the Premier League or a tournament like the Champions League. We’re still improving and I see that every week.
“Reaching the final is also an aim. Winning the final is a little bit of luck, I think. It’s not only quality, it’s also luck.
“Manchester United remembers that fantastically when they won [the final in 1999]. I saw at that time the people of Bayern [Munich] going downstairs and then they scored in the last minute.
“You can say that’s quality, but when you’ve seen the match, you know it’s not like that.
“Reaching the final is a fantastic result, but in the media, it’s nothing. Second is not the best, and that’s all that counts. But as a manager, when you reach the final, you’ve done fantastically.”