Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that he wasn't looking forward to his side's home clash with QPR back in September.
As reported by the club's official site, the Red Devils chief, who led the club to a Champions League place this term, has insisted that he wasn't looking forward to a potential backlash from supporters after a poor run of results before the match with the Hoops.
The Red Devils endured a tricky opening half to the campaign, failing to find any real consistency under the Dutch regime, however the club's fans stuck by their manager throughout, and he has admitted that the support has been the highlight of his debut season in charge of the club.
The Manchester United boss stated:“I have been asked recently what has been the biggest highlight of my first season as manager of Manchester United and the answer is always the same – the support of the fans. For me, it is unbelievable and something I have not experienced at the other clubs I have managed.
“From the very first match, which we lost at home against Swansea City, the support has been fantastic. I really wasn’t looking forward to the reception I thought I was going to receive at the match against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford after the September international break.
“We’d had a poor run of results, including being knocked out of the Capital One Cup in our first match of the competition but, to my surprise, when I walked down the touchline I could not have imagined the support and belief that the fans were showing me and my players. That has continued throughout the season – the supporters have been absolutely first class.”
There's no doubt about it, the United faithful have stuck by their manager and team throughout the course of the season, despite some early season troubles. At times, especially in the opening four months or so, the Red Devils lacked any real kind of identity, clearly struggling to adapt to the new man in charge.
Things picked up, though, and the club have already secured their place in next year's Champions League competition.
United will improve
And United will no doubt return even stronger in the 2015/16 campaign. It was always going to take Van Gaal some time to take things forward in Manchester, and we may well see the best of his side next season.
The balance is already starting to come together and another two or three signings will only help the club adapt and excel under his guidance.
Memphis Depay, of course, is on his way, and he will only improve the club as an attacking threat, whilst the likes of Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria and Co. will only get better in their second seasons at the club. A title charge is a must next season, and it is possible.
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