The Red Devils may be a point ahead of Antonio Conte’s rampant Stamford Bridge outfit on points, but top honours are still eluding Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his team-mates. United are now in pole position to improve their tally of league games played in the 2018/19 campaign as they play on Saturday, away to third-place Chelsea. But former United defender Louis van Gaal was keen not to compete with the highest-placed sides in the Premier League.

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The Dutchman guided United to the league title under Louis van Gaal in 2014, after an otherwise mediocre campaign that included an FA Cup exit to the Gunners. Some Manchester United fans don’t have much faith in the coach, despite Jose Mourinho being touted as a permanent replacement this summer. The former Chelsea boss has won just one trophy in four years in charge of the Blues.

GETTY The Red Devils trail Chelsea by a point, but should they win?

GETTY Manchester United’s league record was not as good under Louis van Gaal as it has been under Jose Mourinho