Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal does not understand the reason behind fans booing at the full-time whistle against West Ham at Old Trafford.
Man United were held to their fifth goalless draw in nine games and the supporters were clearly frustrated by the end of the game. The Reds lost ground on both Arsenal and Leicester City after another dull display, as they prepare for a huge Champions League clash with Wolfsburg on Tuesday.
United fans have been slowly losing patience with van Gaal and the style of football their side have been playing. The Reds have struggled not just to score goals but also to create chances. The play has been slow and tepid and times and the plethora of goalless draws has many supporters concerned.
Following audible boos in Old Trafford, van Gaal insisted he didn’t know the reasons behind fans discontent.
“The fans are disappointed,” van Gaal said.
“I know that because I am also disappointed and so are my players.
“They want to score every minute of the game but it’s not possible.
“But I don’t understand that they are shouting ‘attack, attack, attack’ because we are the attacking team and not West Ham.
“It is in every game like that because we are more dominating than our opponent.”
Van Gaal defended his tactics, saying his possession-style football had served him well during his successful spells in Spain, Holland and Germany.
“(The booing fans) don’t like the style of play from Manchester United, but everyone knows in advance that all the teams of Louis van Gaal is playing like that,” he added.
“So when you have that question, then I say, okay, in Barcelona or Bayern Munich or AZ we have played like that.”
United’s troubles in front of goal show no signs of ceasing anytime soon. Against the Hammers, they were only able to muster one shot on target, an indication of just how much they are struggling in the final third. Van Gaal will have to ensure something changes when they travel to Germany, with only a win enough to take them through.
Fans seem to be reaching a tipping point at Old Trafford and another 0-0 would not have helped van Gaal’s case. However, the inability to qualify for the second round of the Champions League could mean the manager faces an even more hostile reception, making the clash with Wolfsburg all the more important.