Louis van Gaal has called on Manchester United fans to stop “all the yelling” because it makes it “difficult” for his players to perform.
The most vocal show of dissent against Van Gaal from Manchester United fans came on Tuesday in the Champions League, with the Dutchman removing Anthony Martial for Marouane Fellaini with the scores level against CSKA Moscow.
United eventually went on to win said match through a goal from Wayne Rooney, and Van Gaal has implored the fans to “support” the side more in the future.
“It’s very difficult to play for Manchester United with a lot of pressure and you can taste that in Old Trafford because of all the yelling, so it’s better to whistle the manager. I can cope with it because I have had a lot of experience in it as my life as a manager.
“The fans have to support the players, otherwise they make it very difficult for the players to play at Old Trafford. But, until now, they have been fantastic.”
“I think we have to play for the fans, they also have to understand the game and also they have to analyse that and approve of that.”
Van Gaal again claimed that United had “made history” by beating CSKA in midweek, with the Red Devils never having beaten a Russian opponent at home before.
“I think we have attacked 85 minutes of the 90 so we have given a lot of entertainment,” Van Gaal said. “It is about the goals. It is difficult to disorganise the teams with 10 men behind the ball. If two teams attack it is easier.
“When you have two teams attacking, it’s easier to score goals. That’s why other coaches play these tactics against us, because then we have more difficulties and they are relying always on the counter-attack and they put in the players who are fast.
“But, nevertheless, CSKA tried these tactics. They only created one chance, so I was very happy with our defensive organisation and the way we attacked, because at the end we have won against a very difficult team.
“I didn’t know, but I read up on the history of CSKA Moscow. They played Manchester City last year, at home, and they won 2-0.
“Even in the golden age of Manchester United, they could not win against them. It was 1-3 [at Old Trafford], then with a lucky end it was 3-3. So we have made history.”
Van Gaal added that Morgan Schneiderlin could return from illness against West Brom at home on Saturday, while Matteo Darmian is suspended for the clash.