Sunday 22 April 2018

Video: 'I'm still here' - Louis van Gaal has defiant message for Manchester United fans

Under-fire Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has sent a message to fans following last night's 3-0 FA Cup win over Shrewsbury.

The Dutchman was filmed leaving the ground after the Cup clash and when asked if he had a message for United fans - who have vented their towards him in recent weeks - Van Gaal simply said: "I'm still here."

Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard scored to avoid an upset as Van Gaal picked a squad without 13 first-team players.

Defeat would have been a hammer blow to Van Gaal but he knows they were expected to win in Shropshire.

He added: "Everybody shall say it is against Shrewsbury Town and Manchester United has to win but we have seen very difficult results in the FA Cup, not always the top team is winning. So I think we have done it fantastically."

Meanwhile, van Gaal revealed David De Gea could return this week to ease Manchester United's injury crisis.

"It was not so heavy the injury, so it is possible for Thursday but it is also possible against Arsenal," he said.

"It (the Midtjylland match) in my opinion is a big game because it's a chance to qualify for the Champions League next season. But we have to win a lot of matches of course, it's easily spoken about but doing it is different.

"But it is possible and then we'll see. I think in March a lot of players are coming back and then we'll have a full selection, and with our full selection we were first in the Premier League."

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