Man Utd fans must believe, says van Gaal

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has urged the club’s supporters to ‘believe’ amid concerns that the Red Devils could again struggle to finish in the top four this season, writes

BBC Sport.

The Dutchman’s first game in charge ended in defeat at home to Swansea, leading many to suggest that the current squad is a long way behind those expected to challenge for the title. Last season, the club finished seventh, a position which was cost David Moyes his job.

Several pundits, including former United midfielder Paul Scholes, have said that the team needs significant investment before the end of the transfer window. Marcos Rojo was signed from Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday, but more new acquisitions are expected.

When asked in Friday’s press conference about Scholes’ comments that the club was in a ‘desperate’ situation, van Gaal responded by saying: “I can imagine the fans are scared – they saw last year and the first home match. Two weeks ago I was the king of Manchester. Now I am the devil. It is the football world.”

“The fans have to believe. Paul Scholes has to believe. The club have hired me because of my philosophy, not because I am nice, although I am,” the 62-year-old added. “They have not hired me to fire me.”

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