Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal praised league leaders Leicester City ahead of their meeting on Saturday at King Power Stadium.
“I don’t think anybody has expected that [for Leicester to be top], even Leicester themselves,” van Gaal told manutd.com. “But they are deserved at number one because points are the most important thing; goals are important, but winning points is more important. The teams that is having the most of these points are ahead and it’s always like that.
“I have always said that the Premier League is a rat race, the difference between teams is not so big. You can win or lose against anyone, so they prove that with the results. “Claudio is a great coach. He was at Valencia when I was at Barcelona. He has guided a lot of clubs from the highest level and he can guide Leicester City also. I’m very happy for him that he chose it [to come back to England].”
Van Gaal also praised Leicester striker Jamie Vardy who leads the league in scoring, 13 goals in 13 games. Vardy tied former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive matches last weekend.
“Of course it’s a big achievement,” van Gaal said. “I had Dennis Bergkamp in my selection at Ajax and he also scored 10 goals in a row. That was amazing, and this is also amazing. Last year, Vardy scored against us – I do remember that, it was a crazy game last year and I hope we can do it better this year.”