Don’t boo my Manchester United players, says Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal asks Manchester United fans to jeer at him instead
November 6th, 2015
Manchester United are keeping a lot of clean sheets at the moment. Unfortunately, they are not scoring too many goals and the midweek Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow saw fans boo the decision to replace Anthony Martial with Marouane Fellaini.
United supporters were also keen for their team to play a more attacking brand of football at Old Trafford, although Louis van Gaal hopes that the fans get behind the players for Saturday’s clash against West Brom.
“I think the supporters have to support the players, otherwise they make it very difficult for the players to play at Old Trafford,” the manager said.
“Until now they were fantastic so I cannot complaint about the fans. 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 you can taste that in 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 because I have had a lot of experience in it in my life as a manager.
“Criticism of the fans is never unfair because it is a feeling of the fans and you cannot criticise the feeling of the fans,” the Dutchman said.
“I think we have to play for the fans. The fans have to understand also the game and the resistance of our opponent and they also have to analyse.”
Indeed, CSKA were pretty keen on defending for the majority of the Champions League clash.
Van Gaal continued: “I think we have attacked 85 minutes of the 90 minutes so we have given a lot of entertainment and it’s dependable of the goals. When the goals are falling much faster then everyone is happy. When you analyse the games you know it’s difficult to disorganise a team with 10 men behind the ball.
“You have to take that into the account always. When you have two teams who are attacking it’s more easy to score goals. That’s why trainer-coaches play these tactics against us because then we have more difficulties and they are counting always on the counterattacks and putting players in who are fast.
“Nevertheless CSKA Moscow tried this tactic but only created one chance so I’m very happy with our defensive organisation and very happy with the way we have attacked because at end we have won against a very difficult team.
“I didn’t know but I read the history of CSKA – they had played last year against Manchester City, 1-2 they won [at the Etihad Stadium]. Even in golden age of Manchester United they could not win at home: 1-3 and a lucky 3-3 at Old Trafford. So we have made history.”