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LVG Backs Rashford For Euro 2016; Eyes Top 4, Europa

 Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out Marcus Rashford's Euro 2016 chances with England.

 

The 18-year-old Manchester United striker has been impressive since breaking into the first team, scoring four goals in three matches.

 

“It’s never too early," the United manager told reporters on Friday in reference to Rashford, who was voted United player of the month for February.

 

“I have said that also in my press conferences.

 

“Age is not important, it is the quality [of the player].”

 

 

Van Gaal then stated the club's objective for the season,

 

"I think everybody wants to win but they cannot always win," he added.

 

“It is why this league is popular in the world.

 

“It is still our aim (top four) but we also have an aim to win a title, the Europa League. United have never won it.

 

“A title is always better than top four but the Champions League is our aim.”

 

 Van Gaal added that Marouane Fellaini, Antonio Valencia and Phil Jones are available for Sunday, but he will not take any risks with them.

 

"Players are coming back but then, normally, they cannot play a match because the rhythm of the game is much higher," he said.

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“So, we have to train more and let them play in the second team.

 

“Maybe because I’m forced because of the circumstances to take a risk, like I have done with Marcos Rojo but, when I’m not forced to, then I shall not do that.”

 

The Dutchman added that the snow that fell on the Old Trafford pitch was no problem. 

 

 He said: "We have fantastic groundsmen, so we have trained without snow on the pitch, so it was good weather to play and to train in.”

 

The so-called "big five" met recently to discuss the possibility of a European league, and Van Gaal is not a fan of the idea.

 

"Everybody knows, I am against all the Super League," he says. "Sport is to be the best. When the Champions League existed, I said it was rubbish because the second, third and fourth teams go in.

 

"It was a competition between champions. I said it 20 years ago and I say it now. Only thinking commercially is it different. Sport is to win, not to be second or third." 

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