Louis van Gaal spent a lengthy period of time with supporters after Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Watford on Wednesday night.
The manager remained at Old Trafford long after the final whistle to sign autographs and pose for photos with supporters.
Man United fans were in a jovial mood after seeing their side record a fourth consecutive win, and they stayed behind in their numbers to greet the manager and his players:
Fair play to Louis van Gaal, who is signing autographs & posing for photos with every fan still outside Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/X9tt3ysYcp
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) March 2, 2016
After experiencing widespread derision from United fans for large parts of the season, van Gaal has restored some optimism in recent weeks.
He prefaced his side’s 5-1 demolition of FC Midtjylland by publicly urging his players to be ‘horny’ on the pitch, amusing most of United’s fanbase in the process (this instruction was thankfully understood in a figurative sense). He topped that with his touchline theatrics against Arsenal last Sunday, which led to Old Trafford belting out his name for the first time in months.
And while staying behind to acknowledge fans seems like a relatively small thing, it says a lot about van Gaal as a character. The Dutchman will need to go a step further, however, to fully win over supporters who want to see football with panache and ruthlessness. And perhaps through delivering more results and performances like the one against Arsenal, van Gaal could do just that.