You need big balls to win a Manchester derby, and by all accounts, Louis van Gaal’s testicular magnitude should be in no doubt. The mysterious world of the internet suggests that LVG’s plums are significant, as is his managerial record in derby games across the international stage. Since 1991 Van Gaal has managed at some of Europe’s top teams, and his ability to produce the goods on derby day is as obvious as his manhood in a pair of Lucky Pants. From Ajax to Barcelona, Alkmaar to Bayern Munich, Louis van Gaal has rarely come out of the derby without a result.
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The Dutch Destroyer has come out of derby games with at least a draw 72 per cent of the time. Despite being at some quality teams, derby games tend to be high-octane, high-pressure, ultra-competitive fixtures, so to continually come out of these matches with results during a 24 year managerial career is something to admire.
His best records came early on, losing just two of nine De Klassieker’s while he managed Ajax against Feyenoord, and at Barcelona he lost just one of seven El Clasico’s against Real Madrid. Even during his four-year spell at Alkmaar, LVG won or drew 63 per cent of his games in the Nord-Hollandes Derby against former club Ajax.
Manchester United’s clash with their nearest but least dearest rivals was considered one of their better performances early in the season. LVG’s side needing late goals to draw with West Brom and Chelsea in the run-up to the game, and then, eight minutes after needlessly charging down a Joe Hart goal-kick, Chris Smalling suffered a brain-fart of epic proportions by chopping down James Milner. United played 55 minutes with 10-men, a makeshift back four that included Michael Carrick and teenager Paddy McNair, and still left City hanging on to their 1-0 win come the final whistle.
That defeat is the only one in seven games against the top six, as Van Gaal has taken six points off Liverpool, four of Tottenham and beaten Arsenal 2-1 in the Emirates. The Dutchman has balls for a big occasion.
This weekend Manchester United are the favourites for the derby at Old Trafford at odds of 6/4, and recent form suggests you should side with the reds.
- Man Utd have won five of their last six games, and if you’d put £10 on them in each of those games you’d currently have a profit of £49.30 in your back pocket.
- City on the other hand have lost three of those six games, and for the same £10 bet each week, you’d be down £23.80 on Pellegrini’s men.
The number crunchers in Power Tower are siding with Van Gaal, recent form suggests you should be with the Dutchman, and his record in derby games adds more weight to that argument. It’d be a ballsy move to oppose him.