Van Gaal: I’m not jealous of Manchester City squad

The Dutchman is confident ahead of Sunday’s derby and feels this is a good time to play the Premier League champions after their recent defeats to West Ham and Newcastle United

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he is not jealous of Manchester City’s squad as he prepares for his first derby on Sunday.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men claimed their second title in three years last season and boast a squad including the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany.

The Dutchman takes his team to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday having spent heavily in the summer and is optimistic his team can take all three points.
“I am not jealous of the squad of Manchester City,” Van Gaal told reporters.

“I am proud of my players and that is the most important thing and when we play like a team then we have a big chance to win.”

A late goal from Robin van Persie saw United snatch a late 1-1 draw with Chelsea last time out and Van Gaal admits a win against City would give his side a huge lift.

“We are waiting on that boost because that can give you more than only the result,” he added.

“We have played very well against West Brom and we played a draw against Chelsea, nobody expected that result but for me it was not enough and maybe the result against Manchester City shall give us that boost.”

The champions go into the game on the back of defeats to West Ham and Newcastle and Van Gaal feels this might be a good time to face Pellegrini’s men.

”It is not the greatest moment of Manchester City,” he said.

”What we have seen of Manchester City in the last matches was not so good.

”We have a good feeling about this match. Our spirit is unbelievable.

“I think we shall grow and develop ourselves. We need a good result and it could be against Man City.”

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