Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal understands why fans are frustrated with the team’s recent performances.
The Reds were unable to record their first win in eight games when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday and many supporters made their feelings known at full time. There was a chorus of boos when referee Martin Atkinson blew his whistle to signal the end of Man United’s clash with the Blues, albeit not as loud as the ones that faced van Gaal after the 2-1 defeat to Norwich.
United definitely seemed like an improved side during the first half against last season’s champions but ultimately were unable to register a win in December. The Reds were unlucky not to go ahead early on and van Gaal felt that the fans were satisfied with the performance and desire shown by the players, while also admitting that all is not well among the fans at Old Trafford.
“They applauded the players, I presume, and they were enthusiastic. Of course, a lot of fans are disappointed because we need a win; I know that, the players know that, every member of staff knows that, the board knows that – even you know that,” the manager told manutd.com.
“People are still applauding – not everyone, I have seen that also – but most of them. The most important thing is the players can do what they have done today, then the fans can be satisfied.”
It is interesting that the Dutchman feels that the supporters can be satisfied with a 0-0 draw at home to a team in the bottom half of the table. Chelsea came into the game languishing in 16th place, 10 below United in the table. Add to that the fact that the Blues were missing both Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, and van Gaal’s men should certainly have been expecting all three points at the Theatre of Dreams.
Even when results have been good, United fans have wanted to enjoy watching their team play attractive football. Despite a better display, the team were simply not good enough to go and get a win against Chelsea, showing that both the performance and the result were both below par. United supporters are definitely not satisfied with the way the team are playing and the sooner van Gaal realises that, the better for everyone associated with the club.