Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says 'it's a pleasure' to face Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal in tonight's Capital One Cup clash at Old Trafford.
Karanka has met Van Gaal before as a Real Madrid player when the Dutchman was in charge of Barcelona, but tonight will be the first time the Spaniard has gone head-to-head with Van Gaal as a manager.
Speaking ahead of the match, Karanka said he was looking forward to the match and described Van Gaal as 'one of the best managers in the world'.
Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans could face an FA probe after an alleged 'spitting incident' during last night's Premier League clash at St James' Park.
Neither John Carver or Louis Van Gaal saw the incident during the game but both managers gave their reaction afterwards.
Manchester United won the game 1-0 with an 89th minute goal from Ashley Young.
Newcastle United boss John Carver is excited at the prospect of going head-to-head with Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal in tomorrow night's Premier League clash.
The Dutchman has vast managerial experience with clubs including Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national team.
Carver, who was placed in charge of Newcastle for the remainder of the season, is looking forward to facing Van Gaal in the St James' Park dugout.
Speaking ahead of the match, he said:
Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal refused to comment on reports that the club are close to completing the signing of Argentina winger Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has backed Louis Van Gaal to turn around Manchester United's fortunes.
The Black Cats held United to a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says Louis Van Gaal needs time to properly settle in at Manchester United.
The Dutchman lost his first Premier League game as manager against Swansea City last weekend.
The Black Cats welcome Manchester United to the Stadium of Light this afternoon.