Belfast Telegraph

Louis Van Gaal: City will have to be shot down

By Paul Hirst

Louis van Gaal believes his United team will only be regarded as kings of Manchester if they end the season above City.

United and City will meet for the 170th time at Old Trafford tomorrow (2.05pm).

Although Van Gaal won his last derby, City have enjoyed supremacy over their local rivals for the majority of the last few years.

Before the 4-2 victory at Old Trafford last term, City had won four derbies in a row and not since the 2012-13 season have United finished above their neighbours in the table.

The year after Sir Alex Ferguson had retired as manager, United finished an eye-watering 22 points behind City, but there does not currently appear to be such a huge gulf in quality between the teams.

Van Gaal believes United are a much better side now, but admits he will only be able to gauge how far his men have come at the end of the season.

"I'm happy that we are more balanced in our selection," he said.

"If you can compete (with City) we have to wait and see.

"Of course we have started very well when you compare it with last year but when you compare (us) with Manchester City we are two points behind.

"We were first in the table then lost at Arsenal.

"We have to wait and see if we can develop as a team.

"We have more young players in our selection than last year and we have to develop ourselves. Only at the end of the season we can say if we have minimised the gap with our competitors."

Van Gaal added: "When you look at the facts they are first and we are third.

"There's a goal difference, a point difference, and they are first so they are the favourite."

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