Louis Van Gaal continued his 100% record against the Scousers on Sunday, largely thanks to some customary heroics from David de Gea, but ultimately through an instinctively vicious poacher’s effort from the seemingly resurgent Wayne Rooney.
Whatever you think of LvG and his brand of total keep-ball, United have performed admirably against the Premier League’s biggest teams under his leadership.
From a combined 16 games against Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Spurs, United have amassed 29 points (1.8 per game on average), with a healthy +9 goal difference. This record is comfortably the best of all the top 6 teams based on head-to-head meetings. By comparison, City have 19 points from 15 games, (1.3 points per game), with a goal difference of -2.
So should Van Gaal get the credit for this impressive record, or is this simply a testament to the players’ own spirit? Are they transcending tactics and getting results against their biggest rivals simply because they want the points from those games more? Or have the top-6 opposition just been poor in the biggest matches? Let us know what you think!