English Premiership

Leicester can be champs, says Van Gaal

2015-11-28 12:26
Jamie Vardy scores the winner for Leicester City (Getty Images)

London - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has tipped Leicester as potential Premier League champions as record-chasing Jamie Vardy aims to fire the surprise leaders to another stunning victory on Saturday.

Leicester striker Vardy will make history at the King Power Stadium if he scores for a Premier League record 11th successive match and his prolific form has played a major role in the Foxes' remarkable climb to the top.

With 13 league goals this season, Vardy has scored more than all of United's strikers combined and fittingly it is former Old Trafford great Ruud van Nistelrooy whose record he will break if he finds the net this weekend.

Leicester, with just one league defeat from 13 matches this season, are one point clear of second placed United.

And Van Gaal knows a repeat of last season's 5-3 win over the Old Trafford outfit would strengthen their chances of remaining in the title race heading into the new year.

"It is possible, I think," Van Gaal said when asked about Leicester's prospects of becoming the most unlikely English champions of all-time.

"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."

If Vardy does break van Nistelrooy's record it will continue a remarkable rise for a player who was in non-league football with Fleetwood only a few years ago and last season scored just five goals for Leicester.

 

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