London: Louis van Gaal is expecting a stern examination for Manchester United on Sunday from an Arsenal side eager to bounce back from their Champions League disappointment.
Man United boss Louis van Gaal & Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Ahead of the EPL contest, Van Gaal has spoken confidently about what victory at the Emirates Stadium will do for his team in terms of their belief in their title bid.
He is also a great admirer of Arsenal's style, though, and has no doubt Arsene Wenger's men are capable of making a significant response to their 3-2 home loss to Olympiacos on Tuesday.
Asked how he thought the Gunners would be affected on Sunday by the defeat in Europe, the United boss told MUTV: "I think Arsenal can come also back off a defeat. They have showed that a lot of times.
Arsenal are one of the best teams in the league, in a technical and tactical sense - maybe the best. I like the way they play. Nevertheless, they haven't won so much so you have to look for that improvement with their team."
Van Gaal was also all praise for Wenger. "I think Arsene Wenger is one of the best coaches in the world. Sir Alex Ferguson is the best because he won the most titles.
It's easy to say criticise him for not winning the league but when you spend such a long time with one club and everybody is satisfied — the fans, the board, the players — then you are very good, believe me," he said.
LVG finally expressed concerns about his own side — who played their Champions League game this week on Wednesday, beating Wolfsburg (2-1) — being affected by fatigue.
He said: "It's very difficult and Arsenal also had one day more because they played the day before us, so it shall be a difficult game."
The Dutchman has also stressed the need for United to get better, despite Wednesday's victory being their fourth in a row in all competitions.