David Moyes: 'Louis van Gaal must take Manchester United into Champions League'

Louis van Gaal watches on during the Premier League game between Manchester United and Stoke on February 2, 2016
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Former Manchester United manager David Moyes warns current boss Louis van Gaal that Champions League qualification should be the minimum goal for the club.

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has said that qualification for the Champions League must be the minimum goal for Louis van Gaal this season.

The Dutchman has faced fierce speculation over his future in recent months, with increasingly frequent reports suggesting that Jose Mourinho is being lined up for the Old Trafford job.

A 2-1 defeat at the hands of relegation-threatened Sunderland on Saturday leaves the Red Devils six points adrift of the top four, but Moyes warned that United simply have to qualify for the Champions League, be that via the Premier League or by winning the Europa League.

"I knew Manchester United need to qualify for the Champions League. I think Manchester United need to be there. They are a club of status and want to be at that level, if not more. They want to be winning it if they can, never mind qualifying for it. That's what happens at Manchester United. It's that level," Moyes told Sky Sports News.

"There's so much media attention on Louis van Gaal just now. When I lost my job, he was lauded by everybody in football - by you people, the media and everybody else. Now many of you are the ones saying he should lose his job.

"If you go to Manchester United, that's what you get. You get an awful lot of media attention. But I still believe I was the right person to take the job."

United take on FC Midtjylland in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 on Thursday.

Juan Mata of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on November 7, 2015 in Manchester, England.
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