Louis van Gaal urged Manchester United supporters to make up their minds with own opinions about the team’s style of play, rather than influenced by critics like Paul Scholes and others.
United kept hold on their fourth place on Saturday as they defeated 10-man West Brom 2-0 with goals from Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata.
Earlier this week, the Red Devils laboured to a hard fought 1-0 win against CSKA Moscow while there was little dissent among the United fans towards Van Gaal and his squad. At Old Trafford, Van Gaal’s decision to replace Anthony Martial with Marouane Fellaini was repeatedly booed from the stands and there was chants urging to attack more.
But this time, only once the home supporters chant “attack, attack, attack” on Saturday, which may be a relief to the Dutch manager. Van Gaal thinks supporters must not automatically follow Scholes’ opinion which was aired earlier this week that United are becoming a boring team.
“I was pleased how they reacted against CSKA Moscow because you have to accept that fans have their own opinion but I think they were very influenced by Paul Scholes and all the criticism and what the media has written about that and then you to have to analyse the game also against CSKA Moscow,” van Gaal said in the post-match press conference.
“And when you are yelling ‘attack, attack, attack’ when you are 85 minutes attack, then you have to think by yourself as a fan: ‘Hey, is it all right to yell?’ but they want to let them know that we have to score. Of course my mother knows that and my grandmother knows that.”
one more United youth product stole the limelight at Old Trafford yesterday. Lingard, who is with Manchester United since he was seven years old, deservedly picked the man of the match award for his brilliant attacking performance down the left. The 22-year-old youngster finally bagged the goal he deserved just 7 minutes into the second half, his first one for Manchester United.
The under-21 England international took advantage of a poor clearance by Chris Brunt and with another touch curled the ball into the far corner.
“I put him in the line-up in the first game against Swansea City last season at home because he had impressed me already, but then he had a very heavy injury in that game so he needed to rehabilitate and that takes a long time,” Van Gaal said at the press conference.
“But I said in the beginning of the season I wanted to keep him and he had to wait for the moment that he was in better shape than his companions for the same position and since then he is playing I think he is playing very well.”
United won the match in injury time as Gareth McAuley was sent off when he brought down Martial. Mata then converted the penalty to give United an important victory.
Not only keeping the fourth place advantage intact, United boss insists other will think twice now before parking the bus at Old Trafford because they watched how the Red Devils broke down a very rigid and defensive West Brom.
“It is good we have won because the next manager shall not choose so easily this strategy,” he further said.