Manchester United are currently third in the table, eight points adrift of the leaders and five behind their local rivals, after five wins in a row.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said he “dreams” of being in Chelsea or Manchester City‘s place in the Premier League but his priority is to beat Liverpool tonight. Van Gaal’s men are currently third in the table, eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea and five behind city rivals City, after five wins on the trot.The Reds moved into third spot with a win at Southampton on Monday but the boss is keen to concentrate on United’s form rather than hope for other teams to drop points over the busy festive period.

United are on course to reclaim a Champions Legaue place at the first attempt but Van Gaal, speaking ahead of their clash with Liverpool on Sunday, said: “I dream for Manchester City’s place or Chelsea’s place.”

“But now we have to live match for match and that is the most important thing. We have to beat Liverpool, which is more important than thinking about City or Chelsea.”

“I still think Liverpool can fight for the top four places and still I have belief in that team because they have fantastic players, but they also have a lot of injuries which is not so easy to manage.”

Van Gaal has challenged his charges to turn Old Trafford into a “fortress” and believes home advantage will be decisive tonight.

“You have to make a fortress of your home stadium,” he said.

“Now we have shown it and hope to continue it against Liverpool.The philosophy is to attack with all the team and defend with all the team. Then it’s difficult to beat.”

Sunday will be Louis Van Gaal’s first experience as a manager of the intense rivalry between United and Liverpool, the fiercest rivals in English football, with 20 titles and 18 respectively. The Dutchman said everyone at United including first-team chef Mike Connelly had left him in no doubt of the burning rivalry between the two sets of fans and of the importance to get all three points.

“Even on the tour of the United States, all the members of my staff were saying that to me,” said Van Gaal.

“We have a cook and his name is Mike and when I don’t know about anything to do with United and rival clubs he shall say it!”

“He is a big Manchester United fan and I hear immediately from him.”