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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has already written off the Red Devils chance of winning this seasons Premiership title after just four games into the season.

At a fan event last night the 64-year-old Dutchman told supporters that he expected the team to finish the season either second or third, but pointed out that they would be competitive in three Cup competitions according to the Manchester Evening News.

If he is in fact correct it would leave the former Ajax, Barcelona, and Bayern Munich trainer just next season to achieve his Premiership title goal, before handing over to man in waiting Ryan Giggs who he reiterated would replace him when he retired.

The Dutchman made a point or stressing to the fans that Giggs would take over when he stepped down saying there were – ‘no ifs or buts’.

While being described by one man as a total showman LVG also said there was absolutely no chance that United would lose to rivals Liverpool when the two clubs meet at Old Trafford on Saturday.