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Louis van Gaal tells fans to criticise him, not Manchester United players

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Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United fans to direct their anger over the lack of goals at Old Trafford at him, rather than the players.

The club's fans could be heard chanting 'Attack! Attack' during the Red Devils Champions League victory against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, during which Wayne Rooney scored the game's only goal to end a six hour-long drought.

The Old Trafford faithful also booed Van Gaal's decision to substitute Anthony Martial shortly before Rooney's winner, and Jesse Lingard revealed that the Dutch boss told his players to 'ignore' the fans at half-time and not chase a goal.

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Now Van Gaal has called on fans to be more patient with the team as they go in search of a win against West Brom tomorrow, and says any frustration they're feeling should be directed towards him.

He said: "It’s very difficult to play for Manchester United with a lot of pressure and when you can taste that in Old Trafford because of all the yelling, then it’s not good for all my players.

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“It’s better to whistle at the manager. I can cope with it because I have had a lot of experience in it as my life as a manager.”

Van Gaal also moved to defend his tactics during the win against CSKA, which moved them within touching distance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

"When you have two teams attacking, it’s easier to score goals." he told reporters. "That’s why other coaches play these tactics against us, because then we have more difficulties and they are relying always on the counter-attack and they put in the players who are fast.

“But, nevertheless, CSKA tried these tactics. They only created one chance, so I was very happy with our defensive organisation and the way we attacked, because at the end we have won against a very difficult team.

“I didn’t know, but I read up on the history of CSKA Moscow. They played Manchester City last year, at home, and they won 2-0. Even in the golden age of Manchester United, they could not win against them. It was 1-3 [at Old Trafford], then with a lucky end it was 3-3. So we have made history.”

The Red Devils currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League, but are searching for their first league victory since the 3-0 victory against Everton on October 17.

Van Gaal's entertaining press conference from this afternoon drew more than its fair share of feedback from Manchester United fans - the best of which can be seen below.

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