April 06, 2015 09:55:36 UK
Louis van Gaal has told local rivals Manchester City to expect a different Manchester United when the champions make the short trip to Old Trafford on Sunday.
Weekend wins for Arsenal and United saw Manuel Pellegrini’s men drop to fourth in the table ahead of their trip to take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday.
“We have more confidence now and when they [Man City] lose a point then it’s also sitting in their minds.”
Louis van Gaal
The former champions have won five on the bounce in the race to secure Champions League football for next season and manager van Gaal says confidence could play a huge part in the much-anticipated derby.
“Of course form plays a part in the spirit of our opponents and also our players,” the former Netherlands coach told reporters.
“We have more confidence now and when they lose a point then it’s also sitting in their minds. Maybe it plays a role but that is dependable on the individual player and I don’t know the individual players of Manchester City so well.
“But we have a lot of confidence and we haven’t lost so many times at home.”
City have won on their last three visits to Old Trafford, scoring 11 goals, and have already beaten United this season thanks to a Sergio Aguero winner at the Etihad Stadium.
This time around van Gaal senses it is his players who have the momentum ahead of what is shaping up to be a huge domestic showdown.
“It was another Manchester United, I believe,” he said.
“That was more in the start of the process and now we are in the end of the process. Now we have developed the team.
“I think also the confidence of our players is very high at the moment but also our performances show that so it’s not the same Manchester United.”
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