Louis van Gaal singles out the player he fears ahead of Manchester United top-of-the-table showdown
By North-west correspondent Tony Hughes
Louis van Gaal has pinpointed “nasty” Jamie Vardy as the man to fear ahead of Manchester United’s showdown with Leicester on Saturday.
Vardy can create history by scoring in an 11th consecutive Premier League match if he can find the net against United in the top-of-the-table clash at the King Power Stadium tomorrow.
Van Gaal is well aware of the threat of the England international, who created havoc in Leicester’s shock 5-3 win against United last season, winning a penalty and scoring a goal.
Asked about Vardy at his media briefing on Friday morning, Van Gaal said: “He was already last season a very nasty player for us.
“I remember Vardy in that game, so I don’t want to remember that game especially, because of the result but also the way we lost wasn’t good.”
The experienced Dutchman revealed that he can only recall one occasion in his career when he had known a player to be on a similar hot streak.
“I only know Dennis Bergkamp, as a player with me, who did the same with Ajax,” explained Van Gaal. “It’s not so easy to do that.”
United head to leaders Leicester for Saturday evening’s clash well placed in second place in the Premier League but that has not stopped the rumblings of discontent from supporters.
United’s goal-less draw at home of PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday was greeted by boos at the final whistle.
“Of course [you want to please the fans] because the fans have to be happy,” said Van Gaal. “You are playing for the fans, so you cannot deny that.
“But also you have to see how our opponents are playing against us, and when you see how they play, you know the difficulty of organising against that type of opponent.
“We are creating chances, and when we are not creating, then maybe I am worried. But we are not giving much away. That is why we are second in the league and second in our Champions League group.
“I think that our defensive organisation is normally the best part of our game and, after that match against Leicester, we are proving that we have very good defensive organisation and we have proved that this season more than ever.”