Louis van Gaal has admitted that Jose Mourinho "might be better" than him as Chelsea prepare to take on Manchester United .
The Blues have dropped just two points this season, while Van Gaal has struggled for consistency and form as his United side lie 10 points off the league leaders in 10th place.
Mourinho has won 20 trophies with Porto, Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea, while Van Gaal boasts 19 following spells with Ajax, Barcelona, AZ and Bayern Munich, and the Old Trafford chief feels a title with United would see him become the Portuguese's "equal".
"Jose's teams are always very organised, that what makes him a very good manager," he said.
"He is one of the top (coaches) in the world, I think he might even be better than me but we can win this game, and if I can win a title in another country then I will be his equal again."
Van Gaal recently said it was "stupid" of him to ask the British media to assess him after three months at Old Trafford, with his side still a work in progress compared to that of his former Barca assistant.
"I have only been here for three months," Van Gaal said. "Jose has been at Chelsea for longer so it is logical he is further on with his team development."