Despite being in football management for almost 30 years now, Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is yet to manage a single game at one of the most iconic stadium’s in the world – Anfield.
The Dutchman, however, will finally get his chance this Sunday as United prepare to battle their fiercest rivals in Merseyside. At his weekly press conference, Van Gaal spoke about the match and its importance and not just in the battle for fourth place but also traditionally.
“I think every player knows the importance of this game. We are in a very crucial stage and cannot lose.”
“The next match is against Liverpool, and that is not a ground where Manchester United has won a lot.”
To understand the significance of the clash, Van Gaal asked assistant Ryan Giggs to give a presentation ahead of the game. Giggs starred in several matches against the Anfield club over the years.
“I have Ryan Giggs to tell importance of that to the players and me in his presentation.
“I like that because it shows it is a very particular match for the fans, it helps to focus on concentrate.”
The conversation then turned to Van Gaal’s talismanic midfielder Michael Carrick who has been the rock around which this United team play. The midfielder was in top form against former club Tottenham Hotspur and has signed a one year extension to his contract this week.
“He’s my second captain so he’s an important man in my selection,” he says.
“He is important because he can read the game,” he adds. “He can coach during the game but he can improvise.”