Louis Van Gaal gears up for his only second Manchester Derby experience ever but the veteran Dutch manager brings years of Derby experience with him from his time at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Ahead of the 169th Manchester Derby, Van Gaal has fired a cheeky shot at Manchester City claiming that he is not fearful of facing City despite the 1-0 defeat earlier in the season. Van Gaal added that he was more worried about United’s last game against Aston Villa than the derby game against City.
Van Gaal was speaking in his press conference ahead of the game where he clearly said that, he was more fearful of facing Aston Villa last week as they had the will and need to defend more than City. Van Gaal expects City to come out and play open football, which will give his team the chance to play and win the game possession game.
Van Gaal hinted to deploy the long-ball tactics against Pellegrini’s men as the Dutch manager claimed that long-ball is not a bad technique but is rather very hard to defend against and he expects City to falter against the likes of Marouane Fellaini when the long-balls will be played.
Van Gaal clearly knows what he is saying as he is the first Manchester United manager to lead Man City in the league table after 489 days. Red Devils have lost all 4 of their recent Manchester Derbies including the 1-0 defeat suffered at Etihad stadium under Van Gaal.
Van Gaal is bullish about his team’s chances as he should be, since United have won all of their last 5 games while City have won 2 and lost 3 in their recent 5 fixtures. It promises to be an explosive Manchester Derby this Sunday and we will bring you all the detailed action from the highly-anticipated Manchester Derby.