Louis Van Gaal hailed Manchester United fans for generating one of the best atmospheres he’s ever experienced, adding that the patience they had shown earlier in the season was beginning to be rewarded.
Often criticised for a lack of atmosphere, Old Trafford was at its raucous best on Sunday as United came from behind to beat City 4-2 and cement their grip on a top four finish.
Ashley Young has said that Manchester United went into Sunday’s derby determined to “keep their noisy neighbours” quiet, adding that the team’s new-found confidence boded well for the future.
Having gone 1-0 down to an early Sergio Aguero goal, United responded is spectacular fashion, playing City off the park to clinch a deserved 4-2 win, only their third success in the last 10 derbies.
Manchester United clinched only their third win in 10 games against City on Sunday, as they bounced back from 1-0 down to win 4-2 as Louis Van Gaal’s men cemented their grasp on third place.
Here’s five things we learnt on Sunday.
As all 15 of Manchester City’s away support turned out to watch an impotent, lackluster and embarrassingly lazy team of mercenaries limp to defeat against Crystal Palace earlier this week you could almost feel the heat rise on the red side of Manchester.
United fans have blown the dust off the book of optimism this week, unused for so long. Like a scene in an Indiana Jones film or opening Maggie Thatcher’s coffin, the dust was almost too thick to see through.
Gary Neville believes Manchester United have the edge ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby but said that not a single player from United and City would make it into his team of the season.
After a shaky start to the season, United laboured their way to a top four spot but Louis Van Gaal’s team selection had not fully convinced up until a month ago, while City’s title defence has been as poor as that of two seasons ago.
Louis Van Gaal has claimed that he was more worried about playing Aston Villa at home last week than he is by the prospect of facing Manchester City tomorrow.
The Dutchman lost his first Manchester derby in November but his team will go into tomorrow favourites as the form team in the competition after winning the last five league games.
Ashley Young believes Manchester United will go into Sunday’s Manchester derby with all the momentum, but warned against underestimating City and insisted United had not secured a top-four finish yet.
United’s 3-1 over Aston Villa on Saturday coupled with City’s 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday saw United moved into third place, a point ahead of their local rivals, who led United by nine points in January.
Wayne Rooney has described the Manchester derby as “a massive game of pride” ahead of Sunday’s all-Mancunian fixture against City at Old Trafford.
United have won just two of their last nine derbies, with only of those wins coming at Old Trafford, but arrive into Sunday’s game as the in-form side in the league, having won their last five league games, while City have fallen a point behind Louis Van Gaal’s men.