Louis van Gaal has dismissed suggestions fans decided not to turn up to Manchester United’s game against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
The Dutchman’s side cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win thanks to an own goal from Damien Delaney and Matteo Darmian’s incredible second half strike but the amount of empty seats on show was noticeable for all fans, both inside the stadium and those watching on TV.
Man United have now won 6 consecutive Premier League games at home but the amount of empty seats might be considered as an indicator to the feeling among fans watching van Gaal’s United play, although it’s something he has denounced.
“I don’t have seen a lot of empty seats but you have seen it because you want to see it.” He said.
United have been poor for the majority of the season and van Gaal’s side may need to win every game between now and the end of the league to make a success of their campaign but even then it won’t change the popular opinion of discontent towards how the Dutchman has got United playing.
That being said, a successful week against Aston Villa and Palace will come as a relief to supporters ahead of United’s FA Cup semi-final against Everton on Saturday. Winning the FA Cup shouldn’t be enough to save van Gaal’s job but it would be a brilliant couple of trips for United fans which is the most important thing.