Louis van Gaal is looking to put the “smiles back” on the faces of everyone at Manchester United with a win over Swansea City on Saturday.
Man United have been in torrid form lately having not registered a win in eight games in all competitions.
However, van Gaal’s side were much more impressive in the 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Monday. The Dutchman labelled Swansea a ‘ghost team’ and insisted United will be aiming to beat them for the first time in his tenure.
“Our attention is firmly on league football and we welcome Swansea City to Old Trafford, Swansea have been what I call a ‘ghost team’ in my time,” van Gaal wrote in his programme notes for the clash.
“Having lost all three times we have played them, meaning we are looking to start this new year with what I have told you say in England by ‘breaking the duck’. The aim is to put the smiles back on the faces of the staff, players and the fans.”
Swansea have become United’s bogey team under van Gaal but the hope is that they can secure all three points at Old Trafford.
Anything less than a victory would see the pressure on van Gaal reach fever pitch and it would be hard to see him staying in a job much longer. That being said, many supporters anticipated that he would be let go following the loss against Norwich earlier this term but he clung on. There is a sense that United’s Champions League hopes may fade away if van Gaal stays at the helm.