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Louis van Gaal aims to win Champions League with Manchester United by 2017

  • El técnico de Manchester United, Louis van Gaal, observa antes de un partido contra Sunderland por la liga Premier el domingo, 24 de agosto de 2014, en Sunderland, Inglaterra. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

    El técnico de Manchester United, Louis van Gaal, observa antes de un partido contra Sunderland por la liga Premier el domingo, 24 de agosto de 2014, en Sunderland, Inglaterra. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)  (The Associated Press)

  • El técnico del Manchester UnitedLouis Van Gaal durante el partido ante Sunderland por la liga Premier inglesa el domingo 24 de agosto de 2014. (AP Foto/Scott Heppell)

    El técnico del Manchester UnitedLouis Van Gaal durante el partido ante Sunderland por la liga Premier inglesa el domingo 24 de agosto de 2014. (AP Foto/Scott Heppell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Manchester United's Louis van Gaal walks off the pitch following a photocall for his new player Angel di Maria, at Man. Utd's Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Manchester United have signed winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for a British record transfer fee of £59.7 m. The Argentine winger had a medical in Manchester on Tuesday and has signed a five-year deal. Di Maria is likely to make his debut on Saturday against Burnley in the Premier League. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Manchester United's Louis van Gaal walks off the pitch following a photocall for his new player Angel di Maria, at Man. Utd's Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, England, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Manchester United have signed winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for a British record transfer fee of £59.7 m. The Argentine winger had a medical in Manchester on Tuesday and has signed a five-year deal. Di Maria is likely to make his debut on Saturday against Burnley in the Premier League. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)  (The Associated Press)

Reeling from arguably the most humiliating loss in the club's illustrious history, the prospect of Manchester United being European champions by 2017 seems far-fetched.

Yet that is the target new manager Louis van Gaal has set the club as part of an ambitious three-year plan.

Van Gaal says Friday "I hope we are in the top four this season . and then maybe the next step is to be (English) champions and then the next step is to be the winners of the Champions League."

Those comments could invite ridicule considering how United performed last season under David Moyes and started this season under Van Gaal.

After earning just one point from matches against Swansea and Sunderland, United lost 4-0 to third-tier MK Dons in the League Cup on Tuesday.