Can Leicester win the Premier League? ‘It’s possible’, claims Louis van Gaal

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Leicester City are serious contenders for the Premier League title this season.The Foxes are riding high at the top of the table after a flying start to the season under new manager Claudio Ranieri.Leicester have lost only once in their opening 13 games and, largely thanks to Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy [13], they have scored more goals than any other team in the top flight – 28.The leaders are one point ahead of second-placed United ahead of the meeting between the two sides at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.And while there are few who expect the side to remain there for the rest of the campaign, Van Gaal believes there is a chance the underdogs could lift the trophy.“It is possible, I think,” the United manager said when asked if Ranieri’s high-flying team could win the league.“Normally these kind of clubs can be a long time competing, but normally at the end it’s more difficult.“But in England because of the quality of the teams, because every team has the money to buy players – and they have bought players – the difference in the Premier League between the clubs in level is not so high.”United must stop free-scoring Vardy if they are to move ahead of their opponents and top the table this weekend. The Red Devils are well aware of what the 28-year-old is capable of, having had a hand in all five of Leicester’s goals in the victorious eight-goal thriller at the King Power Stadium last season.Vardy was playing non-league football three-and-a-half years ago, but he is now the top marksman in the country and the former Fleetwood Town player last week equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record of scoring in ten consecutive matches.Van Gaal described Vardy as a “nasty” and “great” player whom he also likened to Dennis Bergkamp.“He was already last season a very nasty player for us,” the Dutchman added.“He scored, won a penalty, and now he is scoring ten games in a row, then you are a great player.“I only know for example Dennis Bergkamp as a player who did the same with Ajax. It’s not so easy to do that.”When asked whether he would consider signing Vardy, Van Gaal gave a terse reply, saying: “That is not your business, I think.” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri 1last_img read more