Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BOSS KEEN TO WIN BRAGGING RIGHTS ; LVG Confident United Have Psychological Edge over City Ahead of Derby

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BOSS KEEN TO WIN BRAGGING RIGHTS ; LVG Confident United Have Psychological Edge over City Ahead of Derby

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LOUIS van Gaal believes United can redress the balance of power in Sunday's derby.

The battle for superiority between the red and blue halves of Manchester has been a one-sided affair of late.

City have won five of the last six meetings between the rivals - with Manuel Pellegrini boasting a 100 per cent record during his time in English football.

In the Chilean's three games against United, he has overseen an aggregate scoreline of 8-1. But Van Gaal believes the tide is changing.

Buoyed by a run of five straight wins in the Premier League that lifted United above City in the table on Saturday, the Dutchman is confident that his side can reassert their authority over the fading champions.

He was encouraged enough by his side's battling effort in November's derby, when despite being reduced to 10 men after 39 minutes they largely held their own before losing 1-0. United go into Sunday's match as a side transformed after recent wins against Tottenham, Liverpool and Aston Villa.

"It was another Manchester United I believe.," said Van Gaal. "Now we have developed the team.

"That was more in the start of the process and now we are in the end of the process so I think also the confidence of our players is very high at the moment.

"But also our performances show that, so it's not the same Manchester United."

United haven't won a derby since Robin van Persie's last gasp strike at the Etihad in 2012 that proved pivotal in Sir Alex Ferguson's final title win.

Van Gaal is ready to end City's recent dominance.

"Its like the game against Liverpool and the game against Chelsea," he said. "You have to win these kinds of matches, against Arsenal, for example, we don't lose any game at home and then we lose a game at home so always that can happen."

City slipped to fourth in the table following wins for Arsenal and United on Saturday. …

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