Manchester: Louis van Gaal has responded to growing criticism from Man United supporters by asking them to take out their frustration on him rather than his under-pressure players.
Louis van Gaal
United are in the midst of a difficult period which saw them fail to score in successive games against Man City, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace. To compound matters, the Middlesbrough stalemate led to a penalty shoot-out defeat for Van Gaal’s side and an exit from the English League Cup. Matters improved slightly with a 1-0 Champions League win over CSKA Moscow in midweek but supporters remain frustrated and have been widely critical of what is seen as a lack of ambition and attacking intent.
LVG has asked fans to be patient though. “I can only advise the fans to criticise the manager and not the players. It’s very difficult to play for Manchester United with a lot of pressure and when it is also that you can taste that at Old Trafford because of all the yelling then it’s not good for all my players. It’s better to whistle at the manager. I can cope with it.”