Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal feels his side can perform better than they did when they last faced Manchester City in a 4-2 win at Old Trafford.
The Reds trailed early on in that game after Sergio Aguero gave them the lead. It seemed as if Man United were in for another hammering from their city rivals as the Sky Blues came forward with wave after wave of attack. However, United eventually grew into the game and, once they found their rhythm, put on a breathtaking display to score four times and come away with a win.
For many fans, the win against City was the highlight of the season. United have struggled against their ‘noisy neighbours’ in recent years and the derby win was a long time coming. The poor start to the game, however, meant van Gaal was not as happy as one would think after the game and he recalled last years encounter ahead of Sunday’s huge clash.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the manager said: “Certainly winning last season was not my best moment because I think we started badly in that match.
“Of course, we won but it cost us a lot of energy I believe. We have played better matches last year and I have said already what they were.”
There is no doubt that van Gaal will be ecstatic if United can come away with a similar scoreline this time around, with the stakes much higher. The Dutchman and his players are showing real signs of being involved in a title race this season and a win against City would make a huge statement to the rest of the league.
All three points would see United overtake their rivals in the table and set down a real marker that the Reds are title challengers this season. Van Gaal had his team playing some brilliant football in last week’s victory over Everton and another display of the same mould could see Old Trafford bouncing on Sunday.