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Louis van Gaal admits confidence of his Man United players remains low

Published 31/12/2015 | 12:57

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has vowed to put a smile back on the faces of the club's fans, but he admits the confidence of his players remains low.

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Reports claiming Van Gaal needed at least two wins from his side's last three matches to remain in his post as United manager proved to be false, as he is still in place despite taking just one point from matches against Norwich, Stoke and Chelsea.

Yet Van Gaal's position remains precarious and it is hard to know whether he would survive a fourth successive against a Swansea side that have a stunning record against United in the last couple of seasons.

Van Gaal will lead United into battle against Swansea at Old Trafford on Saturday and he has used his programme notes to sound a rallying cry to supporters.

"When you have not won for a number of games, the players' confidence is naturally low," writes Van Gaal.

"So the support from the stands gives the team that extra boost. I have to say the support the team received (against Chelsea) was unbelievable.

"However, it was another game without a win and we need to improve on that."

The United boss also offered an upbeat message as he admitted his team needed to improve in the New Year.

His first game as United manager in August 2014 finished in a home defeat against the Swans, who have been showing improved form under the guidance of caretaker boss Alan Curtis.

In fact, he has lost all three games he has played against Swansea as United boss and admitted he is eager to end that woeful run.

"The past year was one full of mixed emotions and we did not finish 2015 on a high as we'd hoped," he added.

"Swansea have been what I call 'my ghost team', having lost all three times we have played against them. We are looking to start the New Year with what I have been told to say in England by "breaking the duck".

"We know it will be tough and we know we have to be creative and take our chances if we are going to end this run without a win.

"And that is the aim; to put a smile back on the faces of the staff the players and the fans."

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