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Halloween pumpkins: Louis van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini carved

Louis Van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini pumpkin carvings
Image caption Louis Van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini will go head to head at Sunday's derby

A football fan has carved pumpkin versions of Manchester's two Premier League managers ahead of their clubs' derby match on Halloween weekend.

Simon McMinnis spent 25 hours on the sculptures of United's Louis Van Gaal and City's Manuel Pellegrini.

The tiler from Poulton, Lancashire used pumpkins weighing 33lbs (15kg) each.

The United fan said he hoped his rendering of Van Gaal would help him "carve his way into the Manchester derby history books".

He said the pumpkins, which he carved earlier in October, have since been composted.

The Manchester clubs face each other at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Image caption Simon McMinnis said he hoped Van Gaal would "carve his way into the Manchester derby history books"
Image caption The Chilean Manuel Pellegrini was appointed Manchester City boss in June 2013
Image caption United boss Louis van Gaal faces his first Manchester derby this weekend
Image caption Mr McMinnis carves pumpkins as a hobby

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