By Andy Hyslop
- United’s League Cup tie with Ipswich sees Van Gaal reunited with an International foe
- The last time Van Gaal came up against Mick McCarthy the Dutchman lost his job
Manchester United v Ipswich Town is not just about a place in the fourth round of the League Cup. United manger Van Gaal will be looking to settle a score with his Ipswich counterpart Mick McCarthy.
The last time the managerial pair came up against each other, Van Gaal was the Holland manager and McCarthy was in charge of the Republic of Ireland and there was a lot more at stake than there is tonight. A place at the 2002 World Cup finals at stake.
McCarthy’s 10-man Republic of Ireland side beat the Dutch 1-0 at Lansdowne Road. The game took place on September 1 2001. With the winning goal scored by Jason McAteer. The result sent the Irish into a play-off and effectively ended any hopes the Dutch had of qualifying for the 2002 World Cup. Three months later Van Gaal would be sacked as manager of the Dutch.
Van Gaal hasn’t done a press conference before the game. But McCarthy has been speaking about the game. He wants his players to ensure they are back at Old Trafford next season for a Premier League game. His side missed out on promotion last season. Losing in the play-off semi-finals to East-Anglian rivals Norwich.
He has promised his team will go to Old Trafford and have a go at Van Gaal’s team. You wouldn’t expect anything else from a Mick McCarthy team. Whilst also stating it be the wrong time for his team face United. With his believe that United seem to getting back to somewhere near their best.
We’re not just going up there to let them have the ball and keep coming at us though, we want to get at them. But If we won everyone would be getting excited and clamouring around us, but then if we got beat on Saturday we’re all back to square one.
United do seem to be getting back in the grove again. They just seem to be gelling now, whereas before it all seemed a bit fragmented. They’re getting it together. They’ll want to win a trophy and of course the Capital One Cup is probably seen as one they probably could win.