Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England December 8, 2014.
Louis van Gaal REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Despite a 10-point drop from Chelsea, Manchester United's Dutch coach, Louis van Gaal believes his team will still be able to close a chance to the Premier League title race. The 0-0 draw on Sunday at Tottenham was attributed to Manchester United's missed chances during the first half. It put them third in the Premier League, 10 points behind Chelsea and 7 points adrift from Manchester City.

Van Gaal considered the match at Tottenham a wasteful display and further admitted that the team cannot afford to recreate the same given their rank in the Premier League. For the Dutch coach, if a better team cannot win the type of matches like that played at Tottenham, it would be very difficult to win the Premier League Championships.

Despite, van Gaal still believes on their chances because he has seen his team's performance improve every week. This will be Manchester United's ticket to reeling Chelsea and Manchester City at the season's second half. He further encouraged everyone to watch Manchester United's improved performance come 2015.

It was reported that after Manchester United's victory over Newcastle, which put van Gaal's team third in the Premier League, van Gaal declared a holiday among his team players in order to celebrate Christmas with their family. For the coach, it won't hurt the team so much to take a winter break in order to be able to redeem themselves and start great.

This incentive was initiated because van Gaal saw the difference in the team's performance during the first and the second half; the second half becomes a struggle for life. Van Gaal also pointed out a scientific fact to support the incentive he gave away to his team. According to him, it is proven that the body cannot recover within 48 hours.

Conditioning the team should be the primary goal and this should be the same for all teams. According to van Gaal, organisation is keen to allow the team to survive and play their best during the second half.