Thursday 18 January 2018

Video: Louis van Gaal booed by the Old Trafford crowd in Man United end of season speech

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal speaks to fans after the game
Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal speaks to fans after the game Action Images via Reuters / Carl Recine Livepic

Callum Davis

Louis van Gaal was booed by the Manchester United crowd as he tried to thank Old Trafford for its support this season.

The Dutchman addressed the crowd following the end of United's last game of the season against Bournemouth.

Manchester United's 3-1 victory sealed European football  next season with a fifth placed finish in the league, but their inferior goal difference meant they missed out on Champions League qualification to rivals Manchester City.

As Van Gaal was introduced by the Old Trafford stadium announcer, the remaining fans who stayed behind to witness the team's end of season lap of honour jeered the Dutchman.

"OK, I want to say something on behalf of my players, my staff and myself," Van Gaal began.

"I want to thank you for the unconditional support. Wherever we have played, however things have gone on the field, you never let us down."

The 64-year-old's thanks were then met with cheers and applause as the Manchester United manager promised to win the FA Cup against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

"We will bring the FA Cup home to you. You deserve it. Thank you!"

Louis van Gaal still has one year left on his contract at Manchester United but the looming spectre of Jose Mourinho continues to dog the former Bayern Munich manager's reign.

Fans and former players have become increasingly vocal in their frustration with Louis van Gaal's 'footballing philosophy.'

Manchester United have endured a particularly tepid season in front of goal, ranking in the bottom of the Premier League for total shots, shots on target and passes in the final third.

Former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel admitted watching his old side has 'bored him to death.'

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Schmeichel said: "Manchester United, a club that love and have followed since I was a kid, have bored me to death this season.

"We are one of those clubs that has been dragged in completely the wrong direction. We never used to play football the way we play now. We never played for 1-0 and then defend. We always went for the second goal and the third."

Van Gaal conceded the club's performance this season had not been acceptable for a club of Manchester United's stature.

“Of course [it is a step backwards] because our aim in the first year and also the second and the third shall be the Champions League. It is the highest level and a club like Manchester United has to play at that level but there are more clubs that want to play at that level and you have seen that.

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