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Louis van Gaal: Manchester City will never be as big as Manchester United

Ahead of his first Manchester derby, Louis van Gaal has taunted City by claiming that it will be a “long time” before City can consider themselves of similar stature to their great rivals. Reported by the Daily Star, the Manchester United manager said:

“I think so. Abroad we have more fans and followers on social media. So it’s like that. Also Bayern Munich is also the biggest club of Germany. The same thing applies for Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain. It will take a long time for City to reach that level.”

Van Gaal believes that City’s recent struggles may suggest that United stand a chance of winning at the Etihad, although he said his assistant Ryan Giggs had given the players a presentation at which he described the champions as “dangerous”. Van Gaal continued by saying:

“Ryan Giggs has explained that in analysis to the players. It can be better to play now against Manchester City — I see that. But at the other side, they shall be more motivated to play against Manchester United. They are looking for a good result, like we are.”

City will be without playmaker David Silva who was injured in the midweek League Cup fixture against Newcastle, but Van Gaal pointed out:

“We are used to having injured players ourselves.

“We have had seven players injured all season. So what can I say? Just because they miss one player they are out of the match?

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“We have also had Wayne Rooney out for three games through suspension. He is my captain and playmaker and he can also score goals.

“I didn’t mention that in any interviews when he could not play. There are no excuses.”

United have not been in blistering form under Van Gaal, but the Dutchman said that did not reflect his team’s performances. The  Dutchman said:

“We’ve drawn games we could have won – the margins are that small.

“When you see all our matches, we were always the better team. That is why I have a big trust and confidence in this team.

“We have always had the better chances and more possession. We only lose at times through height.

“That makes set plays difficult. Maybe you could advise me to buy tall players – but I am not like that.

“City have height, but they have scored only once from a set play – we have scored more.”

Considering United’s recent away form, it would be very hard for them to come home with a win against the champions. Although, City’s recent struggles and the absence of Silva combined with the return of Rooney may just tip the scales in United’s favour. This may just be the best time for United to play City and give them a gentle reminder that it will indeed be a long time before they become the biggest club in Manchester.

This article was written by Jash Mehta. You can follow him on Twitter.

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