Premier League 2015-16: Three key things Louis van Gaal said after draw against Chelsea
The Dutchman praised his players' effort against Chelsea and refused to step down as coach despite facing severe criticism from all corners.
New Delhi: The swords might be out, but under-fire Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal refuses to step down despite heavy criticism from all corners.
After four consecutive defeats, the Red Devils finally drew a game in the Premier League against Chelsea on Monday at Old Trafford.
After the game, the 64-year-old spoke to BT Sport and MUTV. Here are the key points from his interview which was also shared by Manchester United's official account on Twitter:
On the game and the result: "I think it was a very good performance but you have to score a goal and we didn’t. We hit the post twice when the keeper was beaten, then had a big chance in the second half and two penalty cases – one handball, one foul on Mata – but didn’t receive a penalty. So we are forcing the luck but still don’t have the luck we need. Against Stoke, I have said the first half we didn’t dare to play but that’s a big difference today – we dared to play and pressed a lot. We were the dominant team, we created chances, we shot on goal and only gave three chances away. Against a team like Chelsea, with such attackers, that’s not bad."
On United's fans: "They applauded the players, I presume, and they were enthusiastic. Of course, a lot of fans are disappointed because we need a win; I know that, the players know that, every member of staff knows that, the board knows that – even you know that. People are still applauding – not everyone, I have seen that also – but most of them. The most important thing is the players can do what they have done today, then the fans can be satisfied."
On his future: "I cannot have any influence on that. I can only work with my players and you have seen that my players are fighting for me and that they have given a good performance. Even after this result, the fans were applauding, so I cannot say that I am very much concerned but in this football world, you never know. But I have full confidence in the board and in my players. When the players can give such a performance under this pressure, then it is not any reason to resign for me. Maybe the media wants that but I shall not do that. It’s not a question of staying, it’s a question of fulfilling my contract."