Louis van Gaal claims the Man United fans who booed his substitution will have changed their minds now.
There were very audible protests against Anthony Martial’s withdrawal for Marouane Fellaini in the 66th minute of United’s Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow – leaving more questions than answers – but Wayne Rooney went on to win the game 1-0 with a 79th-minute header.
Asked if he had heard the booing, Van Gaal said: “I’m not deaf. Of course I heard that. That is the opinion of the fans, afterwards they shall not be disappointed with the decision of the manager.
“I’m very happy because I put Rooney again in the striker’s position and he scored.”
The Dutchman declared himself happy with United’s performance as they mustered five shots on target against the Russians, after producing just one against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
“Of course it is a relief because you have seen an attacking Manchester United team creating lots of chances against an organised team. It is always difficult to score goals,” said Van Gaal.
“We had to wait a long time. We controlled the match for 89 minutes and for one minute we didn’t control it. We could have been defeated again. If they had scored then I would be sitting here very differently. But we deserved, totally, to win so I am relieved but I am also proud. It is not so easy.
“Also, in the golden years of Manchester United I have read they never won against a Russian team at home. Everybody thinks it is easy but it is not easy. It is not easy for one club to win in the Champions League.”