Louis van Gaal says Man United fans have the right to be critical on the side’s performance after their uninspired display in last night’s 2-1 Europa League lost to FC Midtjylland in Denmark.
Memphis Depay’s 37th minute goal was cancelled by Pione Sisto on 44th minute before half-time and Midtjylland added another thanks to Paul Onuachu’s 77th minute strike.
Man United fans present at the MCH Arena poured out their grievances with chants after the game and Van Gaal admitts the fans are justified to criticise his side.
“The fans can criticise, when you see the second half, then maybe they are right. We have to improve and then maybe the fans shall support us again.
“We have seen that in the 18 months I have been here.” the Dutchman said.
Goalkeeper David De Gea twisted his knee during the warm-up to the game- which he became 14th United player to visit the treatment room and was replaced with Segio Romero- who has not played for United for atleast four months and Van Gaal finds it easy to blame Murphy’s Law.
“I think it’s the law of Murphy, when you have a list of 13 injured players and a few minutes before the game we can add another player to the list. Then it is difficult to cope with such a list of injured players.
“I have to make another line-up every week more or less so that isn’t contributing to much more confidence. So we are in a difficult situation.”
“Again, that’s very disappointing, because you know in advance that’s the key of this game, they score and when you see how they score it is a little bit unnecessary in my opinion,” Van Gaal said in the post match press conference.
Louis van Gaal’s side need a massive turn around in the second leg at Old Trafford to move the next round of the European competition.
United are lying on fifth position with 41 points, six points short of fourth placed club Man City and 10 points behind third and second placed teams Arsenal and Tottenham.
And will take on Shrewsbury Town on Monday in the fourth round of the FA Cup competition before wait at home to play Arsenal on Sunday February 28- in a bid to keep their Champions League qualification hopes alive.