Louis van Gaal has spoken of his understanding of the importance of getting a win against City on Sunday. Van Gaal noticed a difference in how Ryan Giggs, who has played in more Manchester derbies than anyone, delivered the pre-match analysis.
It is one of the 38 matches we have to play but, for the fans, it is unbelievably big as a rivalry. I have felt that, also with a lot of the players in the squad but especially with Ryan Giggs. When he presented the analysis on City, I felt more tension with him. It was good to see that. Everywhere it is the same because the derby is between rivals in the city. He knows it, he has the experience as a player and now as an assistant manager. We don’t have to accelerate this feeling. It is football and you have to play the game, not only with emotion but in a tactical way. That we are doing. He has transferred the idea of emotion and I have transferred the idea of how we have to play.
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