Louis Van Gaal has admitted he’s been left “bored and angry” by watching Manchester United this season, although he insisted his side’s struggles were also due to other teams setting up defensively against them.
United travel to Newcastle tonight having won their last two consecutive matches in all competitions but knowing that no other team in the top six has scored less goals.
“There are matches that I have enjoyed very much,” Van Gaal said.
“Against Chelsea I enjoyed it but the result was 0-0 and we could have lost.
“There are also matches where I’m very bored or angry because we are not disorganising our opponent’s defence but that is football. It’s not every match that every club is playing fantastically, football that attracts the people.
Asked what he made of the fans’ reaction so far – United supporters sarcastically clapped a shot on goal during United’s 1-0 win against Sheffield United on Saturday – Van Gaal acknowledged their frustration.
“They have been ironic [against Sheffield United] but that’s an expression of the fans and that’s good,” he said.
“The players were frustrated and the fans were frustrated. But the fans also have to know we can’t always play fantastic football and that was also the case in former days when it didn’t happen.
“I’m sorry about that, but it is like that.”
When asked about opting for a more adventurous style of football, the Dutchman said he was working towards it.
“I want that also,” he added.
“We have to be able to do that. But that’s why an opponent is there and they want to prevent us from doing that.”