By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Louis van Gaal today urged disgruntled Manchester United fans to aim their frustrations at him and not the players.
United have come under criticism for their lack of adventure after scoring just one goal in their last four matches.
Supporters jeered when striker Anthony Martial was substituted against CSKA Moscow in midweek and directed chants of “We’re Man Utd, we want to attack” at Van Gaal.
The Dutchman insisted fans have every right to criticise but told them to aim it at him and not the players.
“I think the fans have to support the players, otherwise they make it very difficult for the players to play at Old Trafford,” said Van Gaal at his weekly media briefing today.
“Until now they were fantastic, so I cannot complain about the fans. I can only advise the fans to criticise the manager and not the players.
“It’s very difficult to play for Manchester United with a lot of pressure and when you can taste that in Old Trafford because of all the yelling, then it’s not good for all my players.
“It’s better to whistle at the manager. I can cope with it because I have had a lot of experience in it as my life as a manager.”
Peter Schmeichel has joined the growing list of pundits unimpressed with United’s style of play under Louis van Gaal.
“At the moment, I’m not seeing the way I’d like to see Manchester United play. One player, Andrei Kanchelskis, says he has them playing like robots and I kind of agree with that a little bit.
“I think Manchester United is a much bigger club than any manager in the world and the manager who comes in should respect what Manchester United is.”
Van Gaal defended his team’s display against CSKA Moscow, when a Wayne Rooney goal was the difference between the two sides.
“I think we have attacked for 85 minutes of the 90 minutes, so we have given a lot of entertainment and it’s dependable of the goals,” explained the Dutchman.
“When the goals are falling much faster, then everybody is happy and when you analyse the games, you know it’s difficult to break down a team that has 10 people playing behind the ball.
“When you have two teams attacking, it’s easier to score goals. That’s why other coaches play these tactics against us, because then we have more difficulties and they are relying always on the counter-attack and they put in the players who are fast.
“But, nevertheless, CSKA tried these tactics. They only created one chance, so I was very happy with our defensive organisation and the way we attacked, because at the end we have won against a very difficult team.
“I didn’t know, but I read up on the history of CSKA Moscow. They played Manchester City last year, at home, and they won 2-0.
“Even in the golden age of Manchester United, they could not win against them. It was 1-3 [at Old Trafford], then with a lucky end it was 3-3. So we have made history.”