Louis van Gaal: Fourth place is good enough

Louis van Gaal would settle for fourth place. (©GettyImages)

Louis van Gaal has conceded that Manchester United are still a long way behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, despite the club's £150m outlay during the summer. (The Express)

The Red Devils splashed some serious cash to bring in a number of world-class signings, but they've yet to have the desired impact and spark a significant upturn in form.

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Van Gaal admits his players don't have the look of title contenders about them in the build-up to Monday night's trip to West Brom, and intimated that fourth place in the table would be "good enough" this season.

Manchester United are already 11 points behind Chelsea - but do have a game in hand - and can move back into the Champions League places with victory at The Hawthorns this evening.

The Dutch boss blamed his extensive list of injury problems as reason for the slow start he's made at Old Trafford, but promised fans that by the end of his three-year contract that the club would be competitive and challenging on all fronts again.

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is "100% certain" that Cristiano Ronaldo won't be rejoining Manchester United next summer, despite the wishes of Red Devils fans desperate to see their former hero finish his career at Old Trafford. (The Sun)

Asked about the Portuguese superstar's future following Saturday's 5-0 demolition of Levante, the Italian coach stated confidently his belief the player would end his playing days at the Bernabeu.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been so impressed with glowing scout reports on young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford that he's ready to sanction a January bid for the exciting stopper. (Daily Star)

Pickford has spent the first part of the campaign on loan from Sunderland at League One club Bradford City, gaining experience that could well have earned him a shock move to Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal is planning a January swoop for Italy full-back Matteo Darmian, who is likely to cost Manchester United a fee in the region of £15 million. (The Mirror)

The 24-year-old defender - who came through the ranks at AC Milan - has been at Torino since 2011, but could be lured to Old Trafford in the New Year to provide competition for Rafael on the Red Devils' right flank.

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