Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has launched a fresh attack on former Red Devils’ captain Gary Neville for his negative comments following Monday night’s 2-1 win over Southampton.
Neville said the patchy form of both United and Liverpool, combined with various injuries, meant this Sunday’s Premier League clash could turn into "the Dog and Duck against the Red Lion".
Although Neville’s comments were tongue-in-cheek, Van Gaal - who had not seen the jokey manner in which the current England coach and Sky Sports pundit delivered his message - reacted badly.
Van Gaal still irritated
And it seems that Van Gaal is still stewing over Neville’s jibe. The Dutch coach, according to the Mirror, told reporters during Friday’s pre-match press conference: "I am not looking to the English TV so I am only concerned with expressions by you.
"I do not like that somebody who is living outside of the community of Manchester United can say how we are doing.
"It is based on no facts. I analyse everything when it is based on facts."
Mike Phelan comments
Van Gaal may also have been referring to comments made this week by former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan, who blamed this season’s injury crisis at Old Trafford on the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager’s decision to replace fitness coach Tony Strudwick with Jos van Dijk.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal has confirmed that Radamel Falcao could feature in Sunday’s match, despite the fact the Colombian striker failed to get off the bench against the Saints.
Falcao has played 34 minutes of Premier League football since mid-October due to a calf injury, but is now available to start having made a full recovery.
And Van Gaal also reserved special praise for his current assistant manager, Ryan Giggs. The Dutchman revealed that Giggs has delivered a ‘marvellous’ analytical presentation on Liverpool ahead of the weekend’s match.
He added: “I have an assistant manager in Ryan Giggs, and he presented an analysis of Liverpool and he did it in a marvellous way, so I'm very pleased."
Manchester United are aiming to secure their sixth consecutive victory against Brendan Rodgers’ side, who were knocked out of the Champions League earlier this week and currently sit ninth in the Premier League table.
United head into the match as favourites - and Neville will once again by working for Sky, analysing the Red Devils’ performance.