United legend backs Van Gaal

Van der Sar admits the title is probably beyond United this season he expects his fellow-Dutchman to be challenging for silverware next year.

United are on a winning run of six games as they head to Stamford??Bridge to face league leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

A win by Van Gaal’s men would lift them to within five points of the Londoners, but Chelsea have a game in hand and remain strong favourites to lift the Premier League trophy next month.

Van der Sar told United’s website: “With a little bit of luck, they (United) could??have done that this season but for Chelsea winning a lot of those games with late??goals – but let’s hope so.

“Believing in the philosophy of Louis, at the start of the new season, I think??he can bring the club back to the place where it belongs.”

United boss Van Gaal revealed this week that he started planning in January to make??acquisitions in the summer transfer window.

Borussia Dortmund central defender??Mats Hummels, Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne and Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman are among a host of top names linked with a move to Old Trafford.??

And Van der Sar, who won four titles at United, believes the club’s revival will??gather pace if a couple of new signings are added in the window.

“It’s been a good turnaround for the club and, if they can hold on to that??third place, it’s a great position to then maybe strengthen in a couple of areas??of the team,” he added.