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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Leicester can win Premier League

Paul Hirst

Published 27/11/2015 | 10:52

Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring the first goal for Leicester City to equal the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games
Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring the first goal for Leicester City to equal the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Leicester are serious Premier League title contenders.

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Leaders Leicester are one point ahead of second-placed United ahead of the meeting between the two sides at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The bookmakers do not expect the Foxes to remain there for the rest of the campaign but Van Gaal believes there is a chance they could lift the trophy.

"It is possible, I think," the United manager said when asked if Claudio Ranieri's team could win the league.

Van Gaal added: "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 the free-scoring Jamie Vardy if they are to move ahead of Leicester and top the table.

Vardy was playing non-league football three-and-a-half years ago, but he is now the top marksman in the country.

The former Fleetwood Town player last week equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy's Premier League record of scoring in 10 consecutive matches.

Last year against United he scored and had a hand in all five of Leicester's goals in the eight-goal thriller at the King Power Stadium.

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," Van Gaal said.

"He scored, won a penalty, and now he is scoring 10 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."

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