Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has urged fans to direct their frustrations over the team’s form at him rather than the players.
Man United supporters have become increasingly hostile in recent weeks following a string of poor performances.
Sections of the Old Trafford crowd booed their team at half time in the 1-0 win against CSKA Moscow this week and again when van Gaal chose to substitute Anthony Martial for Marouane Fellaini when the score was 0-0.
Van Gaal insisted it is “better” if the fans direct their anger at him.
“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,” van Gaal said.
“It’s better to whistle at the manager. I can cope with it because I have had a lot of experience in it as my life as a manager.”
It’s safe to say that the fans were, in fact, directing their frustrations at van Gaal. There is a feeling that the Dutchman has made United defensively resolute at the cost of creativity going forward. Anything less than three points against West Bromwich Albion this weekend would do little to help van Gaal’s cause.