Three victories in his opening 10 league games as Manchester United manager certainly didn’t dent the Dutchman’s confidence of winning the Premier League this season and now, with a rosy set of fixtures ahead of him, it could be time to back the 63-year-old to live up to his word.
The Red Devils have finished their second set of 10 top-flight games undefeated, leaving them third, nine points off the pace set by Chelsea and Manchester City and 18/1 shots with bwin.com to end the season as champions.
With momentum behind them, it’s certainly a good time to snap up a lengthy price on one of the form horses in the title race.
The Old Trafford side’s upcoming schedule holds little threat to that form too, with the next seven games all able to be filed under “winnable”.
At home especially, where United will face top-club bottlers Southampton and relegation-threatened trio Leicester, Burnley and Sunderland, Van Gaal will be eyeing a full complement of 12 points.
Among those confidence-boosting battles, the FA Cup fourth-rounders will travel to QPR with their crosshairs trained on another easy win.
The two tougher assignments of the stretch involve trips to West Ham and Swansea, but considering the Hammers last won a home league game against United in 2007 and the Welsh outfit have never managed one in the Premier League, a serious points-haul should be expected.
Over the same span, Chelsea look susceptible to dropping points against hoodoo club Newcastle and title-rivals City, while Manuel Pellegrini’s men are also due to play Arsenal and Liverpool in that time.
Should things work according to plan for Van Gaal, then the 18/1 price on a league win will likely be in single digits, making now the perfect time to strike.