Friday 28 October 2016

lvg: we can pip chelsea

United boss admits challenge "bigger than big" to catch up

THE biggest egos in the Premier League go head to head at Stamford Bridge today when Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal collide with a Premier League title at stake.

A win for Chelsea would all but close the book on this season's race but Van Gaal still thinks that they can be pegged back.

"It is possible, but it is not logical," Van Gaal said. "I believe in facts and the fact is that we are behind Chelsea.

"All right we have to play against them, so does Arsenal so we can lay pressure on Chelsea's shoulders, that's true and then you never know.

"The challenge is bigger than big," said van Gaal. "Firstly, Manchester United has not given the best results in away games and, secondly, Chelsea do not lose so much at home. So it will be very difficult.

"Chelsea play at home but I think they will be satisfied with a draw. However, of course they want to beat Manchester United and we want to beat them."

Mourinho is also sensing a big game in the offing: "To play Man United is to play against one of the biggest clubs in the world, one of the best teams in the Premier League. And I think this is what everybody wants," he said.

"This week I was not worried about motivating players or demanding players to be focused on the game and the opponent, because there is no need.

"It's an easy job. It is a special fixture."

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