Louis van Gaal said that Manchester United fans may be right when they say the club are “f***ing s**t”.
Fans were heard chanting the above after United slipped to a 2-1 defeat to FC Midtjylland in the Europa League round of 32 first leg on Thursday.
United have now lost back-to-back games after defeat to Sunderland in the Premier League last weekend, and pressure is mounting on manager Van Gaal. Matt Stead feels the club have become a failure from boardroom level to the pitch.
Asked on his thoughts on the chants from the fans, Van Gaal replied: “They can say that in the second half. And maybe they are right.”
Speaking to BT Sport on the game, Van Gaal blamed Murphy’s Law – that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.
“I think the Law of Murphy – when you start a game and your goalkeeper is injury number 14, then you are not starting like usual, I think.
“A lot of things are happening in the heads of the players. In the first ten or 15 minutes we were not so good. But after that we came into the match. We scored, we could have scored more. But then it’s too much.
“The second half we don’t win any duel, any second ball. You cannot avoid the second goal, but we could have scored also. Jesse Lingard had two remarkable chances. It’s the Law of Murphy, I think.
“I think that, in certain phases, we were not very well organised. We didn’t do things – in set plays for example, the defence was gone. That never happens. But that’s when you play another team every week with other players.”
Despite the defeat, Van Gaal feels the tie is still alive, with United hosting the Danish side at Old Trafford next Thursday.
“It is always possible in football. We have the chance to beat them at home. We have to do that.”