Louis van Gaal has admitted he “likes the way Arsenal play” and has warned Manchester United to expect a stern examination from the Gunners.
Ahead of the Premier League contest, Manchester United have surged to the top of the table and Van Gaal has spoken confidently about what victory at the Emirates Stadium will do for his team in terms of their belief in their title bid.
He is also a great admirer of Arsenal’s style, though, and has no doubt Arsene Wenger’s men are capable of making a significant response to their 3-2 home loss to Olympiacos on Tuesday.
Asked how he thought the Gunners would be affected on Sunday by the defeat in Europe, the United boss told MUTV: “That I don’t know of course – I am not there, I am here and we are happy.
“But I think Arsenal can come also back off a defeat. They have showed that a lot of times.
“I think Arsenal are one of the best teams in the league, in a technical and tactical sense – maybe the best. I like the way they play.
“Nevertheless, they haven’t won so much so you have to look for that improvement with their team.”
Van Gaal concerns
Van Gaal has expressed concerns about his own side – who played their Champions League game this week on Wednesday, beating Wolfsburg 2-1 – being affected by fatigue.
And he said: “It is very difficult and Arsenal had also one day more because they played the day before us so it shall be a difficult game.”
The Dutchman has also stressed the need for United themselves to get better, despite Wednesday’s victory being their fourth in a row in all competitions.
He added: “We can improve and we have to show it against Arsenal, it is not an easy match but we have to show it.”
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