Louis van Gaal: 'Manchester City still in Manchester United's shadow'

Manchester United Manager Louis van Gaal gives a thumbs up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on October 26, 2014
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says that it will take a "long time" before Manchester City can compare themselves to their bitter rivals in terms of stature.

Louis van Gaal has insisted that it will take a "long time" for Manchester City to become as big of a club as bitter rivals Manchester United.

Having lost five of their last six Manchester derbies, United travel to Eastlands this afternoon with a point to prove against the Premier League champions.

It will mark Van Gaal's first taste of the rivalry since taking the Old Trafford helm in the summer, but the Dutchman says that regardless of the result, City remain firmly in the shadow of their neighbours in terms of stature.

"Abroad, we have more fans and followers on social media," he told reporters. "So it's like that.

"Also, Bayern Munich is also the biggest club of Germany. The same thing for Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain. It takes a long time for City to reach that level."

Kickoff at the Etihad Stadium is scheduled for 1.30pm, with United currently four points behind City in the table.

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