LONDON (Sporting Alert) — The overlords at Manchester United has warned Louis van Gaal that he must win trophies next season, The Sun is reporting.
Van Gaal took over the club last summer, following a disastrous campaign under the guidance of David Moyes where the EPL giants fell from first to a shocking seventh in the standings.
The Dutchman survived a slow start to the season to push Manchester United into a Champions League slot for the forthcoming season, but the club hierarchy wants a trophy challenging campaign next year.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward showered praises on Van Gaal for the club’s positive movement since he took over last year, but added that next season they should be “challenging for trophies in all competitions.”
“As we look forward to next season, on the playing side we expect to be challenging for trophies in all competitions,” Woodward said.
“As the season approaches its conclusion, we are pleased with the team’s performance in Louis van Gaal’s first season as manager and are well positioned to achieve a top four finish in the Premier League and to return to European football next year.
Woodward also noted that Manchester United can report positive third quarter figures.
“On the commercial side we are excited by the numerous opportunities for further growth, including the first year of our 10-year partnership with adidas,” he said.
“We remain confident about the future of our business. Our commercial revenues were up year over year and we are raising EBITDA (Earnings Before Investments, Tax, Depreciation and Amortisation) guidance for fiscal year 2015 from £90-£95m to £103-£110m.”
On the field, Manchester United were well off the pace this season, with Chelsea running away with the English Premier League title when they still had three games left on their schedule.
The Red Devils were also knocked out of the League Cup and FA Cup, two trophies the chiefs had hoped to challenge for.
However, securing the double over rivals Liverpool and beating Manchester City in the derby return leg, are indications that life at Old Trafford is heading in the right direction.
Manchester United take on Arsenal this weekend in the English Premier League and they are hoping to pip their London rivals for third place in the table standings.
Finishing third would mean Van Gaal’s team wouldn’t have to play a qualifier to secure a slot in the group stages.
The giants will conclude the season against relegation threatened Hull City.