van Gaal admits City are favourites to win Sunday's Derby

Louis van Gaal has admitted at his pre-match press conference that Manchester City are favourites for the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford at the weekend, a statement that many United supporters will not like to hear.

United go into the Derby two points behind City

Manchester United head into the Derby two points behind City in the Premier League table and van Gaal says this is why City are expected to win the game, but in the Derby things can change just like it did last season when United won the game at Old Trafford 4-2.

van Gaal on what team is favourite going into the Derby said: "You have to ask the fans who are the favourites, it's not so important who is the favourite" as in the emotion of the Derby things can change very quickly and either team can win the game."

van Gaal thinks Manchester City are the favourites

Van Gaal continued to say: "When you look at the facts, they are the first and we are second or third" so for this reason they are in good form and having a good season "so they are favourites I think."

Last season van Gaal saw his side defeat City 4-2 at Old Trafford in a game where the intensity was very high, but Van Gaal says that wasn't even his best moment as United boss so far, and hopes his side will win this weekend as well.

Van Gaal said "certainly winning last season was not my best moment because I think we started badly" as City took an early lead in the game and from there on United were always having to give their all to get back into the game.

Van Gaal says last year's win over City wasn't his best win as United manager

Van Gaal felt it wasn't the team's best performance because "it cost us a lot of energy" which when you are chasing a game like the Derby it takes a lot out of every single player to step up and Van Gaal feels the side have "played better matches last year and you [the journalists] already know what one's I'm talking about."

A win on Sunday for United would really show they're title contenders this season as City have been heavily tipped for the trophy itself come next May.