Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed the support of the fans has been the biggest highlight of his debut season in charge of the club.
Van Gaal’s side have gone through indifferent patches of form at various points over the course of the campaign but the Man United supporters have been consistently terrific.
The Old Trafford faithful even gave a standing ovation to Radamel Falcao during the game against Arsenal on Sunday despite his poor loan spell.
Van Gaal thanked fans for their continued backing of the team despite some disappointing results this term.
Speaking about the support, van Gaal said: “I have been asked recently what has been the biggest highlight of my first season as manager of Manchester United and the answer is always the same – the support of the fans. For me, it is unbelievable and something I have not experienced at the other clubs I have managed.
“From the very first match, which we lost at home against Swansea City, the support has been fantastic. I really wasn’t looking forward to the reception I thought I was going to receive at the match against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford after the September international break.
“We’d had a poor run of results, including being knocked out of the Capital One Cup in our first match of the competition but, to my surprise, when I walked down the touchline I could not have imagined the support and belief that the fans were showing me and my players. That has continued throughout the season – the supporters have been absolutely first class.”
While Falcao is receiving standing ovations at Old Trafford, Iker Casillas and Gareth Bale have been receiving abuse from the stands at Real Madrid.
Some even went so far as to attack Bale’s car following an El Clasico defeat earlier this season. David de Gea would be wise to factor this into his thinking as he mulls over a transfer to the Bernabeu.