Louis van Gaal not interested in Manchester United fans' opinions

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told the club's supporters that it's his job to manage the team - not theirs.

The veteran Dutch coach issued a defiant message to the United fans, who voiced their frustration with their manager's tactics against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Large sections of the travelling Red Devils' faithful chanted "4-4-2" and "attack, attack, attack" after a below-par first half which saw United struggle to break down Harry Redknapp's side at Loftus Road.

Van Gaal: I make the decisions

Manchester United took the lead in the second half through substitute Marouane Fellaini, shortly after Van Gaal had switched to a back-four, while teenage striker James Wilson added a second in the closing stages to ensure the Red Devils left west London with all three points.

But despite the fact his favoured 3-5-2 formation is becoming increasingly unpopular amongst the Manchester United fans - and doesn't appear to be having the desired effect on the pitch - Van Gaal insists he must stick by his own judgement and ignore the fans' opinions.

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Van Gaal hits out at fans

"I have to look at the players and I have to communicate with the players and observe the players," he told reporters. "I cannot observe the fans because how many fans do Manchester United have? All over the world we've got 600 million.

"You cannot take into account 600 million opinions.

"To look at the players, to communicate with the players, to observe, to analyse and so on - that's my job as a manager."

Crucial result for Van Gaal

Saturday's 2-0 win over QPR was a crucial result for Van Gaal, who came under a little pressure for the first time in his brief spell as Manchester United following the 1-0 defeat to Southampton earlier this month.

Failure to have secured all three points would have seen United leapfrogged by fifth-placed Arsenal a day later; the Gunners recorded an unexpected 2-0 win over reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday - sending a message to the rest of the league.

United, for the time being, remain in fourth position - but have Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham and Liverpool breathing down their necks.

United must improve

Third-placed Southampton are proving that their excellent start to the season was anything but a fluke, while Manchester City and Chelsea are expected to occupy the top two positions in the Premier League table come the end of the season.

It's clear that Manchester United must improve in order to book their place in next season's Champions League group stages - but Van Gaal is adamant that he will continue to do things his way.

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