James Yorke for Stats Bomb:
Against the better teams in the league, their record is quite remarkable, they have not once conceded two goals:
They’re just lucky? Hmm… Not so sure. Overall they’ve conceded less than a goal a game; a feat that Van Gaal has achieved in the vast majority of his seasons in management. Sure, he’s been in charge of clubs that were powerful within their leagues, but it implies that limiting the opposition is a key tenet to his work. In fact, as a bit of a curio, there are interesting parallels with the last time he took control of a giant club: his tenure at Bayern Munich that started in 2009-10.