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Louis van Gaal: 'Title hopes damaged by lack of Champions League'

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes that no mid-week competition could damage his team's chance of winning the Premier League crown this season.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes that not being in the Champions League might dent his side's chances of winning the Premier League title this season.

United failed to qualify for any type of European competition last season after finishing seventh in the league.

"I do think always that it is better to compete with the strongest clubs in the world that to train a lot of times in the week," Van Gaal told Sky Sports News.

"So I do think it is a benefit to compete in the Champions League because you have to compete with high-level opponents.

"All the teams has a lot of good players, not only 16 players but more than 25 players in their squad so you can play it that rhythm."

Van Gaal was speaking ahead of United's next fixture against Leicester City, who they play on Sunday.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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