Newcastle United and Manchester United will be out to build on weekend wins when they meet at St James’s Park on Wednesday.
John Carver’s Newcastle side bounced back from their 5-0 defeat to Manchester City with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa, with Papiss Cisse scoring the crucial goal.
The result kept the Magpies 11th in the table, four points behind 9th place West Ham.
Manchester United meanwhile are in the mix for the European spots with their 2-0 win over Sunderland, keeping them 4th in the standings.
The club are just two points above Liverpool but with three wins and a draw in their last five they will be confident of maintaining their grasp on the final champion’s league spot.
One man that will be familiar to Van Gaal is Magpies keeper, Tim Krul. The Dutch stopper was a member of the Netherlands squad that made the semi-final of the World cup and has intimate knowledge of working with the United boss.
While Krul insists he learned a lot under Van Gaal in Brazil, there will be sentiment on Wednesday, adding that his United side will find the going tough at St James’ Park.
“We had a great 10 weeks, memorable forever. I will never forget those experiences. I learnt a lot from Louis van Gaal” Krul said.
“I am looking forward to seeing him on Wednesday – and taking three points from him. Wednesday is a massive game. They are always big, big games against Manchester United here, and we are confident because they don’t like coming here.”
Krul will also be delighted to see Jonas Gutierrez back in contention after the winger featured on the bench against Villa for the first time since recovering from cancer while Jack Colback serves out the remainder of his two-match ban in this game.
United meanwhile have no fresh injury concerns, with Robin van Persie (ankle) definitely ruled out.