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Football: Van Gaal targets Europe as first step of United overhaul

Published on Aug 30, 2014 12:10 AM

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he must deliver Champions League football to Old Trafford next season before he can turn his attention to winning silverware.

Van Gaal faces a major rebuilding mission at Old Trafford following United's fall from grace since the departure of Alex Ferguson as manager in May 2013.

The Dutchman inherited a side that finished seventh in the Premier League last season and his reign has started disappointingly with a draw and a defeat in United's opening two league games.

United have 10 players absent through injury and are yet to receive a work permit for new signing Marcos Rojo ahead of Saturday's trip to newly-promoted Burnley - who famously beat United 1-0 in their first home game in the Premier League in 2009-10 - on Saturday.

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