The Dutchman wants to “postpone” Leicester’s party, as Claudio Ranieri’s men travel to Old Trafford today for what could be the Premier League season’s last match. A win over United would guarantee the title for the Midlands club.
Leicester becoming champions by beating United at home would be a difficult sight for the fans to take after their own problems this season, with the manager admitting the club remain “under pressure” in the top-four battle.
Van Gaal’s own position as manager is also under scrutiny, although he said he has stayed involved in talks about planning for next season. The club spent a lot on new players but was hit by injuries which has affected performance as well as the teams current standing on the league table.
The Manchester United manager said in a press conference on Friday: “They [Leicester] had the circumstances to play always with the same team and didn’t play as many matches as the other teams in the Premier League, so it’s possible, always possible.
“I think it’s good for the Premier League and for football that not always the same teams are champions.”
He also admitted to having seen Leicester’s great achievement before it actually happened – hopefully not today but will surely happen. In his words: “I was the first who said that they could be the champions, so for me it is not a surprise.
“I have seen it many, many times, I believe in team-building and this manager has done that with this team.
“We cannot allow them to become champions at Old Trafford. I think that they shall be champions a week later, so we won’t spoil their party, just postpone it a little.”