LOUIS VAN GAAL warned the rest of the Premier League that his Manchester United side will only improve after chalking up his first win as their manager.
And Van Gaal believes Uniyted can become the great entertainers of the English game again because of his expensively assembled strike force.
Record buy Angel Di Maria inspired United on his home debut by scoring the first and having a hand in the other goals for Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata in a resounding 4-0 win over QPR at Old Trafford.
Afterwards Van Gaal hailed a new start for the club and set his sights not only winning the title but also turning United into the highest-scoring team in the top flight.
“I said to the players before the match that we had to make a new start today,” he said. “As of September 1, we were only together as a group for two or three days before the game. But this is the selection [of players] that we start with from now, after the transfer period. This result is fantastic, but we can do much better.”
United scored only 64 goals last season under David Moyes – their lowest total in the Premier League era and 37 fewer than champions Manchester City.
But Van Gaal has vowed that will change this season with players like Di Maria, Rooney, Mata, Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie all capable of scoring.
“I have worked for more than 35 years as a coach and I have always played attacking football,” said Van Gaal. “We created a lot of chances today, although we didn’t score enough of them. I believe all my teams have scored the most in the league, so I hope at the end of this season we shall also have scored the most.
“That’s not a particular target, but the purpose is to be in the first three this season, because we have to qualify for the Champions League.
“But the most important thing is trajectory. That is the most important thing. We are building a process and we have to play in a certain style.
“At the end of the process I hope to be manager of the champions of the Premier League. If it’s not this year, then in my second year or my third year, but I want to give the championship to the fans.
“Despite Di Maria’s man-of-the-match display, Van Gaal said he expected more from the Argentina international.
“When you make three goals and score the first yourself then you cannot play badly,” said Van Gaal. “But he had a lot of unnecessary losses [of possession], so he can do better.
“It’s nearly impossible to do better when you score one goal and help make three others, but I’m analysing the game and I see things we can improve on.”