While many managers may admit they’ll be supporting one team or another in an upcoming contest, few would admit they’re a ‘fan’ of a rival side.
While Manchester United—as they have been so often this term—were unconvincing in victory against Norwich City this weekend, they picked up a 1-0 victory and three points following Juan Mata’s 72nd-minute winner.
The victory takes United up to 63 points after 36 matches, four clear of West Ham United in fifth, and one behind Manchester City in the race for the final Champions League berth.
While third-placed Arsenal—who have 67 points—are not yet secure in the top four, van Gaal clearly believes that his side are better placed to pick off City, rather than the Gunners.
The Dutch coach will certainly be backing the North Londoners when they travel to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
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“I’m more or less a Gunners fan [on Sunday],” the manager began, speaking to BT Sport. “It’s always a difficult game between those kind of teams.”
A victory for Arsenal would confirm their spot in the top four, with just one more match to play, although should City won, both sides could still be overhauled by van Gaal’s Red Devils.