MU welcome Barca test
Louis van Gaal says Manchester United will not be targeting Champions League glory when they return to the competition this season as he prepares to measure his new-look squad's progress against mighty Barcelona.
More than 93,000 fans are expected at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, on Saturday for a prestige friendly pitting United against the current kings of Europe.
United boss Van Gaal said Friday he had urged his players to use the occasion as an opportunity to gauge themselves against the most successful side in club football over the past decade.
"I have said to the players it is fantastic to play against Barcelona because you already know a little bit if you're at a certain level," van Gaal said.
"Our aim is not to win the Champions League but to be close. Of course I know that this is pre-season and we know every well that winning is not the truth; the performance is more important than the result."