Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has ramped up the pressure ahead of one of the most intense Manchester derbies in recent years by claiming rivals United have not improved under Louis van Gaal, the Daily
The Red Devils replaced beleaguer David Moyes with Louis van Gaal over the summer – with the Dutchman spending almost £160m one new faces at the club – money only the likes of rivals City are used to.
Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind, and Marcus Rojo all joined the Old Trafford outfit in the transfer window but they have made a sluggish start to this season.
United currently sit in eight place and four points off of City, their worst ever start to a Premier League season, as they head into this hugely anticipated clash – and the usually calm Pellegrini has not shied away from firing shots at his opposite number.
When asked whether United were any stringer this season he said: “Similar. I think that both teams are similar.
“I think Manchester United bought very important players this year. I think also they are at the moment where you start with a new manager and new players, which is not easy.
“Maybe the same thing happened with me last year, so I think they (United) are in a similar moment.”
City will be under pressure to pick up a result against their bitter neighbours having lost against West Ham last time out.
That was their second defeat from nine games so far while their Champions League hopes also hang in the balance – a win against United would go a long way for confidence ahead of their crunch clash with CSKA Moscow next week.
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