Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal insists Europa League is a big competition he wants to win

by Ben Topliss

Louis van Gaal has insisted that Manchester United will be looking to win the Europa League this season.

Man United exited the Champions League this week following defeat against Wolfsburg but qualified for the Europa League by finishing third in their group.

The Europa League is considered to be less illustrious than it’s counterpart but van Gaal claimed it is still a “big competition”.

When asked if Europa League success would constitute a good season for United, van Gaal said: “Just the Europa League? You think it’s ‘just’? I’m not thinking like that.

“I have already won the Europa League [UEFA Cup], with Ajax in my first season, and I was very proud of that. For me, the Europa League is a big competition and we will try to win it.”

United should always be looking to win whatever competition they are in and this approach should be no different in the Europa League.

However, there has been little to suggest this season that they can actually go all the way and win it. There are some quality teams in the competition and United’s problems this season have been well documented. You get the sense that United’s transfer activity in January will be crucial if they are to be successful this term.

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