Manchester United travel to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham Hotspur as they look to continue their good form in the Premier League.
After a pretty poor start to the 2014/15 campaign, the Red Devils seem to have finally settled in as they have been in excellent form of late, winning seven out of last eight fixtures.
And this feat is especially impressive considering most of their key players including Angel di Maria, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind are currently all on the sidelines with various injuries.
And Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick feels that United are finally heading towards the right direction.
"The signs have been good in recent weeks," the midfielder toldManchester United's official website. "We were bitterly disappointed not to win last week [at Aston Villa] but we beat Newcastle and now have two big away games. They will be a good test for us to see where we are at."
United's recent run of good form have seen them rise to third place in the table, but Carrick insists that the Red Devils are not satisfied with their current position.
"We're continuing to look up and will continue to try to catch them [City and Chelsea]. We're not satisfied with third – it's obviously an improvement and we're getting better, but we want to keep looking up."
Despite admitting that they have two successive tough games against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United in a short span of time, Carrick insists that they need to be ready.
"Going to Tottenham is always a tough game and to go there two days after the Newcastle match at 12 noon makes it very tough. But we have to get ourselves ready for that and it's the same for them as well. It's a game we look forward to and we go there confident."
Meanwhile, Tottenham will be hoping to get a positive result in this game though Manchester United will be a very formidable opponent considering their current form.
The Spurs haven't been exactly in the best of forms this season as they are currently in seventh place, having only managed 30 points from 18 games.
However, they have been playing well of late registering three back-to-back wins against Swansea City, Burnley and Leicester City.
Still United will prove to be a much tougher opponent than the ones they faced in the last three games, and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino insists that his side will need to have the right mentality against van Gaal's side on Sunday.
"We need this mentality to go into this game, to be brave, to try to fight in every action and try to play better than them," the former Southampton boss told Spurs official website.
"Manchester United are in a very good moment like us and we have a tough game ahead. We need to be clever and first to rest after a big effort at Leicester."
Nevertheless, Pochettino says that his side will be going for the kill on Sunday.
"It will be a great atmosphere, a day for all the families to enjoy and in front of us, another very good team, but we will try to get the three points. We have showed character in every game and it's important to keep this feeling."
Where to Watch Live
The match is scheduled for a 12pm GMT (5:30pm pm IST, 7am ET) start with Live coverage in India on Star Sports 4 and Star Sports HD 2. The EPL match can also be watched via live streaming online by viewers in India on StarSports.com.
Live coverage on TV in the UK will be on BT Sports 1, while viewers can also live stream the action on BT Sports Online Player. Watch the game live in the US on NBCSN, while the 90 minutes of action can also be live streamed online on NBC Sports Extra.
Australia viewers can watch the game on Fox Sports 1 or live stream the action on Fox Sports On Demand.
Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match on Bein Sports Arabia or via Live Streaming online courtesy Bein Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport or SuperSport online.
Probable starting lineups:
Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Fazio, Vertonghen, Davies; Mason, Bentaleb; Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela; Kane
Manchester United: De Gea; Jones, Smalling, Evans; Valencia, Carrick, Rooney, Young; Mata; Van Persie, Wilson