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Football: Van Gaal targets trophies in first season at Man United

Published on May 20, 2014 9:06 PM

(REUTERS) - Louis van Gaal wants to put Manchester United back top of the English game as soon as possible, he said after being confirmed as the Premier League club's manager on Monday.

"My ambition is to have them back top where they were in the years of (Sir Alex) Ferguson," he told a talk show on Dutch RTL television just hours after the announcement of his three-year contract with United.

"They are hoping I can do it in my first season. I did it in Spain (with Barcelona) in my first season and I think I can do it in England too. I think it is a difficult task but a fantastic challenge."

The 62-year-old Dutchman said he was already in deep discussion over new signings for next season but refused to confirm he had been handed a considerable budget to strengthen the team after a disappointing season.

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