The Dutchman masterminded a 2-1 victory on his first trip to Anfield as the United boss last March, and a repeat result would do wonders for his popularity amongst the supporters.
Despite squandering a two-goal lead away to Newcastle on Tuesday night, his side put in a much improved performance and impressed the Old Trafford faithful with their more free flowing football – and the fact that they managed to score three times in 90 minutes.
A more expansive brand of play is what the fans have been crying out for – prompted by seven goalless draws this season.
Despite the vast sums of money that have been splashed by LVG in the transfer market since his arrival in the North East, there are still cries for more investment this January.
A plethora of injuries have exposed the lack of squad depth van Gaal has at his disposal, but the mid-season transfer window is a notoriously difficult time to do the best deals.
As a result, he may have to wait until the summer – if he hasn’t been handed his P45 – to bolster the Carrington ranks once again.
With that in mind, the supporters are in much need of a morale boost following their elimination in the group stages of the Champions League and their fall from the top of the Premier League since
And the best way to do that is to provide a win over their biggest rivals, especially in Liverpool’s own back yard.
United fans still have fond memories of Juan Mata’s breathtaking scissor kick, which secured the three points on their last visit to Anfield. If similar sentiments are felt this Sunday then calls for a sacking would be quashed.
It’s just the rest bite that LVG requires, could be a catalyst for a charge in the second half of the season and would help continue the upward curve instigated by the performance against Newcastle.
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