Louis van Gaal was in bullish mood ahead of this weekends huge clash between Liverpool and Manchester United, by declaring that it was inconceivable that Manchester United would suffer a title drought like Liverpool have.
Liverpool were the glamour side of the 1970s and 80s, winning their last title in 1989. At the time, Liverpool had secured their 18th title, Manchester United had 7. Along came Sir Alex Ferguson and 13 titles later it’s 20:18 in Uniteds favour.
Since Sir Alex left, Manchester United fortunes have suffered under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, but the Dutchman said he can’t foresee his club suffering for as long as their Merseyside neighbours.
Van Gaal said;
I am part of the transition so I cannot imagine that it shall happen with Manchester United. When it is happening to Liverpool it can also happen to Manchester United but I cannot imagine that because we are going the right way, but maybe it shall take a longer time.
But I cannot imagine it will be the same for Manchester United. It’s too big, too well organised and we have an infrastructure and we are improving that every year.
Manchester United face Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday at 14:05 (GMT) and a defeat for Van Gaals men will ramp up the pressure on the Dutchmans already fragile position at the helm, but he is in confident mood.
Speaking of the rivalry, he said;
I have felt it already 4 times, on the tour of the USA and in the league. We need to be aggressive but also under control. It is that kind of match and it will always be difficult because of the passion at play in these kind of games is always very high.
Both teams have crippling injury lists for the game with Manchester United without Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, whilst Bastian Schweinsteiger is a doubt. Adnan Januzaj could return following his return from a loan spell at Borrussia Dortmund